The day the first man climbed all mountains over 8000 meters – level 3

16-10-1986

Some sports performances go far beyond the boundaries of sport and become legends or even milestones in the development of humanity.

When Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest in 1953, it seemed that no other climber would go down in the history for a similar achievement. Then something extraordinary happened in 1986.

On October 16, world agencies reported that Reinhold Messner from Italy had conquered the summit of the world’s fourth highest mountain, Lhotse. It was special because this mountain was the fourteenth and last peak above 8,000 meters that Messner conquered.

He was the first to do this, confirming the reputation of the best climber of all time. It took him 16 years to conquer all eight-thousanders.

Messner’s first and most tragic eight-thousander was Nanga Parbat. He reached the top together with his younger brother Gunther. During the descent, the brothers separated in bad weather. Messner appeared in the valley after 6 days, completely exhausted and so frozen that 7 of his toes had to be amputated. His brother Gunther died.

Difficult words: boundaries (the limits), extraordinary (very unusual), peak (the very top), conquer (succeed in climbing to the top of a mountain), descent (going down).

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