We’ve collected the best Reinhold Messner Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
Before kids, I was really going to the limit. Afterwards, I was approaching the limit but then maybe turning around.
Look, I do not control alpinism. But maybe I was too successful. Many in the mountaineering scene – journalists, second-rate climbers, lecturers, so-called historians – had a problem with me for many years.
Climbing is not a competition, and you cannot talk in terms of ‘greatest,’ it means nothing.
This is one of my definitions of mountaineering: to go where others do not.
For me, climbing has always been about adventure and that involves difficulties, danger and exposure, so I deliberately set out to climb with as little equipment as possible.
Each mountain in the Dolomites is like a piece of art.
Adventure has to do with private, personal experiences. But, the possibilities, there are millions of unclimbed mountains – I have seen in the Eastern part of Tibet, mountains 6,000-6,500 meters high, vertical walls twice as tall as the Eiger… but nobody is going there, because they aren’t 8,000-meter peaks.
Once you lose your credibility, you can never restore it.
Out of all the climbers of this generation, I was the one who became known to the larger public. Many of them – not all of them, but many of them – understood they had only one chance to use me for their personal gain. And it’s very easy to use me.
I go to the wild mountains where I am responsible for myself. Step by step I am making sure that I don’t die.
I go to the mountains for an adventure and each time I pray I will get up and down again.