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“There are Millions of Mountains unclimbed”

Reinhold Messner in an interview for National Geographic: “For doing adventures you need an unknown room and this room should be difficult (…).”

The author Freddie Wilkinson of National Geographic writes: “Reinhold Messner is apt to remain the greatest high-altitude mountaineer of all time simply because he had the good fortune to come along at precisely the right moment in history, when the world’s tallest mountains were ready to be challenged on their own terms. This fact is something Messner himself is acutely aware of—and it helps explains why he periodically changed directions over the course of his life.

In the 1960s while he was still a teenager, he made groundbreaking 5.10 free solos on the rock walls of his native mountains, the Dolomites.

In the 70s and 80s, he achieved legendary solos and oxygen-less, alpine-style ascents on the 8,000-meter giants of the Himalaya and the Karakoram.

Then throughout the 90s in the twilight of his adventuring career, he completed remarkable and often overlooked long-distance crossings of Greenland, the Gobi Desert, and Antarctica.”

And how has Messner planned his journeys?

He planned 1-2 years how to conduct an expedition. Following the Leitmotif: “If you are waiting, fear is growing. If you are acting, fear is getting less.”

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Rehinhold Messner: There are millions of mountains unclimbed