About the Author
REINHOLD MESSNER is often called the greatest living mountaineer. He was the first man to summit Everest without supplementary oxygen, the first to solo Everest, and the first to climb all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks. He is the author of numerous books, including The Crystal Horizon and Antarctica.
Interviewer Thomas Hüetlin is an award-winning correspondent for the German magazine Der Spiegel and divides his time between Berlin and London. Translator Tim Carruthers has climbed extensively in Europe, the United States, and South America and has translated works by Hermann Buhl, Heinrich Harrer, Anderl Heckmair, and Reinhold Messner.
Table of Contents
Publisher's Note 7
Chapter I Defying Gravity 1949-1969 9
Chapter II High-Altitude Mountaineering 1969-1986 49
Chapter III Into the Endless Wilderness 1986-2004 113
Chapter IV Looking for Answers 1995-2009 141
Chapter V Shaping the Homeland 1991-2004 165
Chapter VI The Legacy 1998-2008 183
Chapter VII Tying Up Life's Loose Ends 2009-2014 213
Translator's Note 249
Sponsors' Note 251
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