Reinhold Messner has rightly been acclaimed as the greatest living mountaineer, a description amply justified by his achievement in becoming the first to ascend all fourteen of the world’s 8000-metre peaks. He is also famed for the uncompromising way in which he seeks ever-fresh challenges, pushing back the boundaries of the possible. For him, these challenges have nothing to do with conquest but are rather concerned with inner experience and testing his abilities and strengths to their limits.
This book is drawn from a selection of Messner’s most powerful writings and forms a unique compendium of his major expeditions to the summits of the world’s foremost mountains. It includes a retelling of the classic, tragic expedition telling of his obsession to change on Manaslu’s south face; Messner’s own radically the pattern of Himalayan climbing, which resulted in his epic ascent of Everest in 1978 without the aid of oxygen; his solo success in conquering Manga Parbat; gripping accounts of his experiences on Gasherbrum and K2; and details of his ground-breaking journey through Tibet, solo, to the peak of Everest.