Happy Birthday to Reinhold Messner
1944 Reinhold Messner, Italian (South Tyrolean) climber, who was the first person, who ascended all the fourteen 8000er Main-Peaks. He ascended Nanga Parbat twice (1970 and 1978), Manaslu in 1972, Gasherbrum I twice (1975 and 1984), Everest twice without bottled oxygen (1978 and 1980), K2 in 1979, Shisha Pangma in 1981, Kangchenjunga in 1982, Gasherbrum II twice (1982 and 1984), Broad Peak in 1982, Cho Oyu in 1983, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I in 1985 and Makalu and Lhotse in 1986. Later in 1986 he finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits.
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Happy Birthday to Reinhold Messner

1944 Reinhold Messner, Italian (South Tyrolean) climber, who was the first person, who ascended all the fourteen 8000er Main-Peaks. He ascended Nanga Parbat twice (1970 and 1978), Manaslu in 1972, Gasherbrum I twice (1975 and 1984), Everest twice without bottled oxygen (1978 and 1980), K2 in 1979, Shisha Pangma in 1981, Kangchenjunga in 1982, Gasherbrum II twice (1982 and 1984), Broad Peak in 1982, Cho Oyu in 1983, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I in 1985 and Makalu and Lhotse in 1986. Later in 1986 he finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits.

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When it comes to understanding how our universe evolves, religion and theology have been, at best, irrelevant.
- Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist (via whats-out-there)
cerro-torre:

High winds blowing snow off the top of Everest (slightly hidden on the left) and Lhotse (right)
Khumbu Valley, Himalayas Nepal

cerro-torre:

High winds blowing snow off the top of Everest (slightly hidden on the left) and Lhotse (right)

Khumbu Valley, Himalayas Nepal

We go to the mountains and we do three things: We come back alive, we come back friends, and we go to the top. In that order.
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Mark Richey (before the first ascent of Saser Kangri II)

Words to live by in the hills.

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Women in Himalayas

Wanda Rutkiewicz (February 4, 1943 - May 12-13, 1992)

On 16 October 1978, she became the third woman, the first Pole, and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 1986 she became the first woman to successfully climb and descend K2, which she did without supplemental oxygen, as part of a small expedition led by Lilliane and Maurice Barrard

Her dream was to become the first woman to summit all fourteen of the eight-thousanders. During her climbing life she successfully summitted the following mountains:

It was while climbing Kangchenjunga that 49 year-old Rutkiewicz was last seen alive by Mexican climber Carlos Carsolio. Her body was never found. 

Picture 2:  Wanda Rutkiewicz walked in to K2 base using crutches. She obviously could not climb the mountain but she organized the expedition and walked the Baltoro and Godwin -Austen glaciers all the way  sometimes crying in pain. She wore through several pairs of crutches. Her love of climbing was much stronger than the pain she was going through…..

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