Reinhold Messner: Free Spirit
Messner is known as one the greatest mountaineers ever. His is a climbing life of firsts: first ascent of Everest without oxygen in 1978; first solo ascent of Everest in 1980; and in 1986, first person to have climbed all fourteen 8000 meter peaks.
Nearly every chapter in this autobiography recounts a great climbing feat. The chapters are short but action packed. One of the most intense chapters is on his 1970 climb of Nanga Parbat where Messner lost his brother and toes on both feet. Interestingly enough, the autobiography ends with Messner touting another climber’s 1990 solo ascent of the South Face of Lhotse and calls this individual (Tomo Cesen) “currently the best climber in the world.”
Paperback:` 272 pages with B & W photos
Author: Reinhold Messner
Publisher: The Mountaineers
Year of Publication: 1998
Language: English. Translated by Jill Neate