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It was snowing.
A beautiful but extremely dangerous explosion formed by the separation of rock and ice from its walls. Naked mountain Mountain of Destiny, the ninth highest on the planet and where the German mountaineer, Reinhold Messner The icy cold lost much more than seven toes.
Because on that day in 1970, the gods of Pakistan’s “Naked Mountain” allowed him and his brother Gunter to reach the top, but on the way back they punished them. They have no food, no water, and Reinhold’s younger brother is terrified as he moves on to find a way back to base camp.
Then came the snow.
Reinhold proceeded to find a way down. Weak and disoriented, Guntha was behind. Destroyed.
The snow has swept him away, engulfed him, forever marked the life of the man who would eventually turn One of the best mountaineers in history .
Reinhold spent six days in vain in the mountains until his brother was rescued. He was later shown by other German mountaineers who were with him on the expedition to abandon Gunther. His feet were suffering from heavy snowfall and seven of his toes had to be amputated, changing the course of his walk forever.
Reinhold Messner recovers from an accident, but misfortune often occurs, he There were stains . He was not like before. His injured leg prevented him from climbing the rocky wall like a bare mountain.
But he never stopped climbing.
Mesner began to look for various challenges and to find a way to cope with the traces of his injured footprints. The mountain hero will not be defeated even if he changes his path.
In the 1970s, Messner explored worldwide conquests: Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, New Guinea, and East Africa. He tried unsuccessfully to climb the mountain that engulfed his brother a few years ago, but failed because of a snowstorm that seemed determined to remind him of his misfortune.
In 1975, he controlled the 8,080-meter-high Gasherbram I (located on the Pakistan-China border) without oxygen. He was the first to do so. He then returned to Nanga Parbat and climbed it alone, creating a new path that no one else has been able to follow till date. After this feat he climbed K2 and finally Everest without oxygen .
By 1986, Reinhold Messner had conquered 14 of the highest peaks in the world, becoming a living mountaineering legend.
A few years ago, the accident in which his brother lost his life changed the course of his existence: it distorted his footprints and forced him to think differently. Messner’s greatness lies in the fact that, despite the pain, the stumps in his legs and the wounds in his memory, he never stopped moving forward.
He adapted to the tragedy and it did not stop him.
This is the great lesson of the mountaineer. Because there will be dangerous ascents and descents. Dark day and eternal night, plagued by lightning. In that waterfall we will hit ourselves and in which, perhaps, we lose some of our fingers.
Doubt throughout the month. Fear.
The moment when we swear to each other in a low voice that we can no longer move forward. The time has come to kneel, to close the eyes, to let the darkness swallow. Abandon
But we won’t.
Because The power of the mountaineer Exists in each of us. It is the little flash that calls us, which screams at us every morning. Because despite the fear, despite the impossibility to hide on the horizon, it is always time to keep walking to conquer other mountains.