Himalayan Times Interviews Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner is thought by many to be the greatest mountaineer ever. His list of accomplishments is long and distinguished, including such feats as the first ascent of Everest without oxygen and the first solo climb of that mountain too. He is also the first person to successfully summit all 14 of the 8000-meter peaks as well. So any time he weighs in on the state of climbing, it is always interesting.

That is exactly what he did in this interview with The Himalayan Times. The Italian climbing legends talks about the role that Sherpas continue to play in expeditions to the big mountains, how "traditional" alpinism needs to be preserved, and his thoughts on the current mountaineering approach, which is dominated by commercial teams.

He's not exactly a big fan of huge guided expeditions.

The Himalayan Times Interviews Reinhold Messner