Reinhold Messner


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in Brixen, Italy
September 17, 1944

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Reinhold Messner (born September 17, 1944) is an Italian mountaineer and explorer from South Tyrol, often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all time. He is renowned for making the first solo ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level). He is the author of at least 63 books (in German, 1970–2006), many of which have been translated into other languages.

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Crystal Horizon: Everest: T...

4.09 avg rating — 536 ratings — published 1989 — 11 editions
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The Naked Mountain

4.08 avg rating — 416 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Everest: Expedition to the ...

3.95 avg rating — 317 ratings — published 1979 — 13 editions
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Reinhold Messner: My Life a...

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My Quest for the Yeti: Conf...

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All Fourteen 8,000ers

4.13 avg rating — 148 ratings — published 1987 — 10 editions
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Solo: Nanga Parbat

4.13 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 1979 — 4 editions
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Free Spirit: A Climber's Life

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The Second Death of George ...

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Annapurna: 50 Years of Expe...

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“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.”
Reinhold Messner

“Not only during the ascent, but also during the descent my willpower is dulled. The longer I climb the less important the goal
seems to me, the more indifferent I become to myself. My attention
has diminished, my memory is weakened. My mental fatigue is now
greater than the bodily. It is so pleasant to sit doing nothing - and therefore so dangerous. Death through exhaustion is like death
through freezing - a pleasant one.”
Reinhold Messner, Crystal Horizon: Everest: The First Solo Ascent

“When I rest I feel utterly lifeless except that my throat burns when I draw breath... I can scarcely go on. No despair, no happiness, no anxiety. I have not lost the mastery of my feelings, there are actually no more feelings. I consist only of will. After each few metres this too fizzles out in unending tiredness. Then I think nothing. I let myself fall, just lie there. For an indefinite time I remain completely irresolute. Then I make a few steps again.”
Reinhold Messner, Crystal Horizon: Everest: The First Solo Ascent

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