Andrew Councell / March 27
4 out of 5 stars
I first met Reinhold Messner in Kathmandu, completely by chance, in late May of 1985. My first expedition to Mt. Everest had ended a week earlier. I walked into our trekking-company office to see if there was any mail from home--and there stood Messner. He had just summited, within the past six weeks, and of course without supplementary oxygen, his eleventh and twelfth 8000-meter peaks, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.