Climbing the World's 14 Highest Mountains
Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb all 14 of the world's highest mountains, and it took him 16 years to do it. Modern equipment and travel mean that it is now possible to climb several peaks in one season, but only four more names have been added to the list since Messner's completion in 1986. One of the 8,000 peaks continues to be the pinnacle of a mountaineer's career and in some cases the end - Everest.
This book brings together the stories behind the conquest of every peak, plus the description of how they have been conquered since then. It is also a description of modern man's conquest of previously unscaled peaks, using advances in technology. As a description of heroic activity it has no equal.