Reinhold Messner was born in Brixen in 1944 as the second out of nine children of a married couple of teachers. His long-lasting career as climber has started at the young age of six.
At the age of fourteen he had already climbed more than 500 peaks. Messner led 100 first expeditions and climbed all eight-thousand meter high mountains of the world. He walked through Antarctica, North Pole, Tibeth and through the Taklamakan desert.
His peculiarity has always been that he did not use technical devices during his adventures. Always a challenge to the limit. With his brother Günther in 1970, he conquered Nanga Parbat in North Pakistan without need of oxygen masks. In 1978, he reached the top of Mount Everest together with Peter Habeler. They were the first ones to climb the highest peak in the world without additional oxygen.
Reinhold Messner was awarded with many prizes, has published numerous travel descriptions, biographies and was the co-producer of several films. He mainly lives with his family in Meran and in Juval Castle, where he realised a museum and works as a mountain farmer. Between 2006 and 2015, he opened his 6 Messner Mountain Museums there are partially located at spectacular places and that are dedicated to the topics mountains and alpinism