November 2, 1994 |
The first person to climb Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen, the first to climb it solo, the first to climb all 14 of the world's peaks over 8,000 meters--often alone, always without oxygen--has gone horizontal. At 50, Italy's Reinhold Messner, often cited as the world's greatest living mountaineer, has decided long walks are more appropriate for him. "Now I prepare to go to the North Pole," said Messner. "The Himalaya is not as challenging.
March 1, 1995 |
There are four toes in his boots, white flecks in his beard and 50 years riding on his shoulders. In Reinhold Messner's reflective mind, determination jostles with intimations of mortality. The aw-shucks Italian daredevil who is generally recognized as history's greatest mountain climber is embarking on his last great expedition and perhaps his most daunting challenge--an ice cap stroll, Asia to America.
April 23, 2000 |
What is the moral usefulness of fiction? What are its moral limits? When a writer creates incest and murder, what is he or she asking of us? That we judge and forgive him? That we watch him forgive himself? That we look at our own lives and play our actions out on a mental stage so hypothetical it may as well be fiction? In "The Blue Bedspread," sister and brother find solace in each other, find escape from their violent father. As they grow older, escape becomes sex.
February 13, 1990 |
Italian Reinhold Messner and West German Arved Fuchs became the first to cross Antarctica without the aid of dogs or machinery. A West German magazine said they finished their 1,550-mile trek after 91 days, using sails and wind power to help pull their sledges.
March 7, 1995
Starting from Russia's Severnaya Zemlya islands in Siberia on Wednesday, Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner and brother Hubert will attempt to become the first men to walk unaided to the North Pole. The 1,200-mile expedition will take them from Siberia to the pole to Cape Columbia, Canada's northernmost tip. Others have walked to the pole, but not without the aid of supplies brought in by dogs, ships or aircraft. The Messners say they will each pull a sled holding their supplies.
November 2, 1994 |
Reaching 8,000-meter summits might or might not be a thing of Reinhold Messner's past, but he has much to say about bolting, a controversial subject among climbers and environmentalists. Bolts are drilled into rock faces to help secure climbing ropes, and are a fact of life in today's sport climbing ethic, which emphasizes short, steep, technical routes. "I have never used a bolt in my life," Messner said. "Up to 25, I was a rock climber and nothing else, but I always defend the wall.