There Can Never Be a Greatest Climber

A great list of musings and knowledge bombs from one of the greatest mountaineers of our lifetime. Although Mr. Messner might disagree with that title....

Each generation has the opportunity to define its highest goals, and the climbers who achieve them are the leading climbers. Climbing history is nothing more than naming the key climb of the time. Mont Blanc in 1786. The Matterhorn in 1865. Eiger North Face in 1938. Direct Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat in 2005. But it’s impossible to compare climbs of the 1930s to the 1970s to today. Each climber is only a key figure in his own time, and not out of his time. There is no such thing as the “single greatest climbing achievement” or “greatest climber” of all time. That’s bullshit.

This one made me laugh. I love that he called out this horrible cult classic.

Have you seen Vertical Limit? I find it terrible.

Reinhold Messner: What I've Learned