Reinhold Messner


17 September 1944

Known for:

  • Being the first mountaineer to summit all 14 eight-thousanders
  • His climbs were also all amongst the first 20 ascents for each mountain individually
  • Becoming the first climber to summit all peaks of the 7-summit
  • First person to cross Antarctica and Greenland without sledges or snowmobiles and Gobi desert alone
  • Recipient of the Genius World Records 9 times;
    • First ascent of Manaslu without supplementary oxygen
    • First solo summit of Everest
    • First ascent of Everest and K2 without supplementary oxygen – male
    • First ascent of the top three highest mountains without supplementary oxygen – male
    • First 8,000-metre mountain hat-trick
    • First person to climb all 8,000-metre mountains without supplementary oxygen
    • First person to climb all 8,000-metre mountains
    • First ascent of Everest without supplementary oxygen
    • First ascent of Gasherbrum I without supplementary oxygen

Notable Climbs:

  • All 14 highest peaks of the world
  • All 7 highest peaks of each continent
  • McKinley, 6193
  • Aconcagua, 6959
  • Kilimanjaro, 5895
  • Ama Dablam, 6812
  • Dolomites
  • Ortler
  • Grandes Jorasses
  • Agnér
  • Furchetta
  • Heiligkreuzkofel
  • Marmolada
  • Andes
  • Droites
  • Yerupaja

and a lot more prominent peaks all around the world

After losing 7 of his toes due to frostbite, the legendary mountaineer since 1970 has been focusing on big mountains of ice blocks and without much rocks.

Picture Source and Additional Read: Wikipedia