Peakbagging Page for Reinhold Messner

Personal Climb Logs

The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of Reinhold Messner's peakbagging activity.

  • Ascent List: List of Reinhold Messner's hikes, climbs, summits, and attempts.
  • Peak List: List of distinct summits attained, with peak statistics. Includes a peak's "Personal Isolation".
  • List of Lists: Peakbagging Lists that Reinhold Messner is pursuing, showing progress for each list by number and percent of peaks climbed.
  • Trip Report Index: Same as the main climb list, but only showing climbs with trip reports and/or GPS Tracks.
  • Unsuccessful Ascent List: A badge of honor for real climbers--lessons learned when turning back.
  • Multiple Ascents List: A listing of all peaks climbed more than once.
  • Progressive Peak List: Time-ordered progressive lists for eight different metrics.
  • Unique Peaks and Peak Pairs: Peaks and peak pairs that no other registered site users have climbed.
  • Master Peak Map: Interactive worldwide map showing all peaks climbed, color-coded by elevation or prominence.

Social Networking

Reports showing a climber's buddies and other climbers. Click for More Info

Personal Lists

Lists personally created by Reinhold Messner.

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Time-Period Summary Reports

These reports show number of peaks climbed, highest point reached, and other statistics grouped by year or month.



Reinhold Messner is the Muhammad Ali of mountaineering: larger than life, outrageously outspoken, and skilled and accomplished enough to back up his arrogance and ego. And, like Ali, his sport has left him with brain damage, due to excessive time spent in the high-altitude death zone.

No one can question Messner's place as the pre-eminent big mountain climber of the 20th century. His most noted feats are being the first to climb all fourteen of the world's 8000-meter peaks, the first to climb Everest without oxygen, and the first to climb Everest solo. However, his legacy will be as the godfather of the alpine-style ascent, rejecting massive expeditions with porters and bottled oxygen while showing that the fast-and-light style could be adopted to any peak on earth.

The climb lists on this site have been entered using records of Messner's climbs from various web sites. The lists are not complete by any means, and there are likely many climbs not listed. Still, they record a very impressive list of ascents, from the hard faces of his native Italian Dolomites up to the giants of the Himalaya. Messner has done the "Seven Summits" and has also trekked across Antarctica.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List% Complete
World 8000-meter Peaks100
Seven Summits - Continental Landmass High Points100
The Seven Summits100
Quadrant High Points100
Hemisphere High Points100
Octant High Points62.5
World Peaks with 4000 meters of Prominence45.5
World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high35.1
The Volcanic Seven Summits28.6
Largest-Area Drainage Basin High Points25.9
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-mLocationAscent Date
Mount Everest8848China/Nepal1978-05-08
Kangchenjunga8586India/Nepal1982 a
Makalu8485China/Nepal1986 b
Cho Oyu8188China/Nepal1983 a
Dhaulagiri8167Nepal1985 b
Nanga Parbat8125Pakistan1970-06-27
Annapurna8091Nepal1985 a
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-mLocationAscent Date
Mount Everest8848China/Nepal1978-05-08
Vinson Massif4892Antarctica1986-12-03
Carstensz Pyramid4884Indonesia1971-09-27
Nanga Parbat4608Pakistan1970-06-27
Volcán Chimborazo4122Ecuador1992


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