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EVEREST: EXPEDITION TO THE ULTIMATE 1979 1st US edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By Messner, Reinhold
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New York, 1979, 1st US edition. 254 pp, color photos. Hardcover with a clean dust jacket, the condition of the book and jacket are Fine. There is no writing in the book other than Messner's signature, which is fine. DJ not faded on spine, many copies did fade.

A nice copy of the original 1st edition hardcover of Messner and Habeler's ascent of Everest, the first not to use bottled oxygen.

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.

Reinhold has been generously signing his books for us for almost 30 years. The photo below was taken in our bookshop in the 1990s. We often meet with him in New York, or other venue when he is in America for business or perhaps to meet one of his sponsors. 



Reinhold Messner in our bookshop about  1990.


Michael Chessler discussing penmanship with the great Reinhold Messner.
We were both born in late 1944. Who is older?

"The 1978 Austrian expedition … wanted to achieve the first Austrian ascent of Everest and at the same time, if possible, to 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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