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Much more than a book on alpinism,
This review is from: The Crystal Horizon: Everest - The First Solo Ascent (Paperback)
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. Reinhold Messner is a legend of mountaineering and has conquered more or less every peak on the planet worth climbing. But this book gives us much more than just another epic mountaineering tale, we get a look into the rich history of Tibet and its people and the struggle with China.
But the most amazing part of this book is the successful summit attempt itself, not only was it accomplished solo but without the use of supplemental oxygen. An unbelievable feat of human endurance and determination considering the support networks put in place by the commercial teams of today, some who boast at being able to put anyone on top of Everest.
The excerpts from Nenas diary give us a critical insight into Messner the man, the mood swings the dogmatism and the general supercilious nature of this climbing machine. Anyone interested in a no B.S. account of Himalayan climbing should definitely read this .