Reinhold Messner

Overall Rating: 8
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Author: Reinhold Messner
Title: Everest Solo
Time: 1980
Destination: Himalaya
Length: several weeks
Type: mountaineering
Rating: 8/10

Obsessed Tyrolean

The story: RM, Tyrolean Italian and one of the best mountaineers in the world, tackles the Mount Everest alone, and he does it without a team or the help of Sherpas or even an oxygen tank.

Reinhold Messner’s awesome feat

Obviously, this book is the story of an awesome feat, and thus it is pretty exciting to read. But it is more than just an adventure story: RM tells us about his motives and his doubts, he describes the preparations (which make up more than 1/2 of the total text), and locates his expedition within the history of mountaineering on the Mount Everest.

for mountaineering fans

All in all, it is a very good read, and I suppose it’s even better for people who are interested in mountaineering. One thing that I found particularly nice was that RM gave Nena, the only person who accompanies him to his base camp and waits for him there, a few pages of her own to tell about her view on the whole thing. Her little bits and pieces work pretty well with the text, and it feels refreshing to get out of the obsessed mind of RM for a while. For me, this was a 8/10.

People who like to climb mountains will probably think it’s a 10 though.

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