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All Fourteen 8,000ers Hardcover – November 1, 1999
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Original Language: German
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Lots and lots of excelent easy reading information about the eight-thousanders(historical highlights, geographical informations, technical informations, drawings of the most famous routes, etc); interviews(stories) with some other excelent climbers (Doug Scott, Chris Bonington, Hans Kammerlander, Kurt Diemberg, etc. ); filled with quotations; superb pictures of all the 14 eight-thousanders(really really great pictures - high quality paperprint).
Aside all that you also have some good "short" narrations (stories) about Messner's climbs on all the eight thousanders, some comments about mountaineering, about the critics made toward him, and others aspects of his career. For instance he talks about the death of his brother in Nanga Parbat, about traditional alpine style, about his partners, about solo climbings, about the use of oxygen and about much others subjects(traverses, new routes, human limits, etc). But don't expect to find a detailed, extensive narration about the climbings and I think that is because you would have at least 14 books inside a single book, it would be just to big for printing.
You won't find any other book with the climb stories of the first person(Messner) to climb all 14 and also with great pictures and information about the 14. This is a must have in any moutaineering collection.
This book compiles Reinhold's views on his biggest alpine climbs and still, we are sandbagged. What this man and his partners achieved is difficult to fathom two decades later because his impact has been absorbed into the whole. Before Messner, oxygenless attempts on the big mountains had fallen out of style but now, few world class mountaineers would dare consider it's use. Before Messner, huge seige expeditions were the norm but today, many emulate Reinhold's gutty, stripped down approach and the environment has benefitted. Reinhold is the man !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice summary of highlights... Whetting the appetite to read the full stories in his other books.Published 19 months ago by Bernhard S.
Excellent book. Great pics, maps etc. Some people may not care for Messner, but he is a brilliant and accomplished mountaineer. This is a great book for any arm chair enthusiastPublished 24 months ago by Sherrinsford Holmes
Although Reinhold's writing about his experiences are somewhat brief they are detailed and quite interesting. The photos in this book are fantastic. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Jim
Its like a little resume about messner's life as an alpinist, and why he decided to climb all this 14. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by bellamin avalos sanchez
I bought this for my son who is into mountaineering and will be trekking to Annapurna this summer. He liked it and so do I. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Bertrand T. Young