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SESTO GRADO: AI SESTOGRADISTI DI TUTTI I TEMPI E D'PGNI PAESE [THE SIXTH GRADE OF ALL TIMES AND COUNTRIES Vittorio Varale, Reinhold Messner, Domenico Rudatis 1971 Hardcover DJ Fine
By Messner, Reinhold, Vittorio Varale and Domenico Rudatis
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Milan, 1971, 2nd Italian edition. 369 pp, 361 photos. In Italian. Hardcover with dust jacket, Fine condition.

The first edition of this book, published originally in 1965, was a history of "The Battle For The Sixth Grade 1929-1938." Within 5 years, Messner broke through the 7th grade barrier, with his fast Alps ascents and Alpine style ascent of Nanga Parbat in 1970. This 2nd edition completely changed the story. It also contains hundreds more photos than the first edition which appeared only in Italian. This was also published in German. Appearing a decade before Messner's extreme climbing manifesto, The Seventh Grade, this book recounts his and others many attempts to do highest standard rock and ice climbing on major peaks, on multi day climbs.

Of course Messner started doing "multi-day extreme climbs" in under 24 hours, thereby creating a seventh grade. This book appeared just as the barriers were being broken, and that Messner wrote what he was up to before he told his story in his own books, will be news to many of us who have followed his amazing career for the last 40+ years.

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