Reinhold Messner

Our Heroes: Reinhold Messner

What better way to kick off our new weekly feature then with 8000m man himself, Reinhold Messner. Probably most famous for his first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen, his list of achievements is too long to fit on the internet but we’ll try. First though, here is a recent interview with Messner with some fantastic philosophy and reflection on his climbing career…

Born 1944 in (Brixen) Italy, Messners hit list includes; being the first to ascend all 14 8,000m peaks: (Nanga Parbat (8,125), Manaslu (8,163), Hidden Peak (Gasherbrum I) (8,080), Mount Everest (8,848), K2 (8,611), Shishapangma (8,027), Kangchenjunga (8,586), Gasherbrum II (8,034), Broad Peak (8,051), Cho Oyu (8,188), Annapurna (8,091), Dhaulagiri (8,167), Makalu (8,485), Lhotse (8,516))

The first solo ascent of 8000m from Nanga Parbat basecamp, reinventing the 7-summits, the Eiger north face… The list goes on, so much in fact that he has his own museum:

Reinhold Messner Everest

Reinhold Messner at the summit of Everest