Crystal Horizon: Everest

The First Solo Ascent

Ranked #45 in Mountaineering

On August 20, 1980, Reinhold Mesner reached the summit of Everest alone and without the use of oxygem. His vivid account of this extraordinary achievement forms the core of "The Crystal Horizon." Messner describes with passion his journey through Tibet, a mysterious country of snow peaks, ruined monasteries, and yak caravans. He identifies with the legendary mountaineers who have gone before him: Mallory, Irvine, and Wilson come to life as he makes his ascent to the "root of the world."In the glittering light and oxygen--starved air, facing the exhaustion, exhileration, danger, and despair of... more

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