Mountaineer, Adventurer, Explorer, Messner Mountain Heritage
The South Tyrolean Reinhold Messner, 76, has repeatedly pushed boundaries as a rock climber, high-altitude mountaineer and adventurer. For him, adventure is a cultural expression of life, and his actions are not aimed at setting records, but at gaining experience. He is concerned with the confrontation between mountain and human nature, which finds its strongest expression in traditional alpinism. In more than fifty books and a dozen films, Reinhold Messner narrates the adventure of mountains and deserts that has been driving enlightened man for 250 years. In doing so, he is rewriting a sustainable approach to nature that has remained wild, and an attitude that has been built on generations of adventurers. With his foundation, the Messner Mountain Foundation, Reinhold Messner assumes social responsibility for the mountain peoples. Conceived as help for self-help, the aim is to ensure the survival of the local people high up in the mountains of the Himalayas, Karakoram, in the Hindu Kush, in the Andes or in the Caucasus with agriculture and tourism. In his effort to carry traditional alpinism into the future as a narrative, he created a museum structure - the Messner Mountain Museum in the mountains of South Tyrol - that is without peer. Now in his later years, he no longer sets out for the highest peaks in the world, but embarks on his final expedition, around the globe, to sustain alpinism as a way of life. Parallel to this, meeting spaces are to be created Messner Mountain Heritage in the Himalayas, High Tatras, Dolomites, Caucasus and others, which will secure the globally developed alpinism its basis. With his "Final Expedition "a lecture tour around the world - as well as his Messner Mountain Heritage - a chain of museums inspired by him in the most diverse mountains of the world - he takes responsibility for a sustainable narrative of traditional alpinism.