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The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent
Reinhold Messner

As one of the first Western climbers authorized to climb Everest from the Tibet side, the author takes considerable time with the exploration of Tibet and his feelings around his visit to the land related to the relatively recent military actions by China in Tibet. And, he detours frequently into the development of his relationship with Nena Holguin. Messner describes, in detail, the effort that he put into climbing Everest solo and without oxygen. In spite of his considerable climbing skills, it reads as though he had much luck in coming down successfully. Unfortunately, even with this tension, it is difficult to determine whether the languid nature of this book is due to the translation from German or the writing itself.

Although an interesting book, in large part to Messner's reaction to what he saw in Tibet, this would not be my first choice on what it means to climb Everest; I'd probably reach for Everest: The West Ridge by Thomas Hornbein first.



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