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EVEREST: EXPEDITION TO THE ULTIMATE 1979 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Fine SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By Messner, Reinhold
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New York or London, 1979, 1st edition. 254 pp, color photos. Original orange cloth hardcover with no dust jacket. Fine. 

SIGNED on the title page by Reinhold Messner.

One of the most important climbs in mountaineering; the first ascent of Everest without oxygen. Up until this time it was believed that Everest could not be climbed, or that men could even survive at the summit, without the use of bottled oxygen. Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner proved that it could be done, and set the new standard for Everest and 8000 meter peaks. 

"The 1978 Austrian expedition (…) wanted to achieve the first Austrian ascent and at the same time (if possible) achieve the first ascent without the use of breathing apparatus. They succeeded in both objectives.
 
To climb Everest without oxygen must rank as one of the outstanding achievements in present day mountaineering and one cannot help admiring Messner (and Habeler) not only for the achievement itself but for the fact that they were stepping into the unknown and subjecting themselves to physiological and psychological problems which no one had faced before." - Mike Richardson, “Crags” No. 20, p. 34

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