The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent

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The Mountaineers Books, Mar 1, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 322 pages
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On August 20, 1980, Reinhold Mesner reached the summit of Everest alone and without the use of oxygem. His vivid account of this extraordinary achievement forms the core of "The Crystal Horizon." Messner describes with passion his journey through Tibet, a mysterious country of snow peaks, ruined monasteries, and yak caravans. He identifies with the legendary mountaineers who have gone before him: Mallory, Irvine, and Wilson come to life as he makes his ascent to the "root of the world."

In the glittering light and oxygen--starved air, facing the exhaustion, exhileration, danger, and despair of climbing Messner reflects on "why" a Himalayan mountaineer is driven to great risks. Diary entires by traveling comanion Nena Holguin further reveal Messner'slife and motivations. Stunning photos of the trek across Tibet and climb of Mount Everest bring this fascinating account alive.

  

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Review: The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent

User Review  - Olia Kudoyar - Goodreads

What can I say? The book is quite interesting. It makes you think about your own goals in your life and how you are going to reach each of them. Reinhold Messner is a brilliant alpinist and he is not ... Read full review

Review: The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent

User Review  - Olia Kudoyar - Goodreads

What can I say? The book is quite interesting. It makes you think about your own goals in your life and how you are going to reach each of them. Reinhold Messner is a brilliant alpinist and he is not ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Since 1969, Reinhold Messner has gone on more than one hundred expeditions to the mountains and deserts of the earth. Recognized as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time, Messner does without expansion bolts, oxygen masks, or satellite phones. He has achieved a great many first ascents, conquered all fourteen of the worlds 8,000-meter peaks, succeeded in traversing Greenland, and provided an answer to the mystery of the Yeti. He is the author of Everest, The Crystal Horizon, Free Spirit, Antarctica, To the Top of the World, and All 14 Eight-Thousanders, among other titles. He lives with his family in the South Tyrol in Italy.

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