The Challenge - Reinhold MessnerLondon: Kaye & Ward, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is faded at the edges and nicked at the bottom corner of the upper panel. Pages lightly age-tanned, a little more heavily at the blanks.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps; Title page illustration;
From the cover: “In the summer of 1975, Reinhold Messner, 31, and Peter Habeler, 33, climbed the 8,000 metre Hidden Peak, via its most difficult face, without oxygen, fixed ropes, high camps or high-altitude porters and without any contact with the outside world. This was the start not only of a new epoch in Himalayan mountaineering, but with this ascent Messner became the first man to have climbed three peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level.
In The Challenge this great classical mountaineer, accepted by many young climbers as a ‘Messiah’, describes two expeditions; the first, an attempt on the south face of Lhotse which ended in failure with the climbers beaten back by storms and avalanches and the second, the smallest expedition in the history of Himalayan mountaineering, the ascent by two men of Hidden Peak.
But this is not only a story of mountaineering. It is a unique insight into the man himself. The conflict between the desire to be with his wife at home and the need to spend long months away on expeditions is thoughtfully examined as Messner writes of his motivation and his fulfilment as a climber.
The book reads like an exciting novel and at the same time it is a unique documentary of the most spectacular adventure in expedition history.”