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Antarctica: Heaven And Hell

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Undertaking what was once called the last possible land journey on earth, Arved Fuchs and Reinhold Messner completed a dramatic traverse of the Antarctic continent in February 1990, after a 92-day, 2800-kilometer trek on foot. Through temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius, and blizzards with winds measuring up to 150 kilometers per hour, they journeyed across the Thiel mountains to the South Pole, and from there to McMurdo Sound on the Ross Sea. Reinhold Messner did it not as a conquest in the classic, geographical sense. He had simply looked for an adventureas a man who had known manyand he had found it. In the white infinity of that great wilderness he found something elseanother perception of time and space than he had found on the great mountains that had previously been his goal. On the long march across the ice continent he sensed that 'Heaven' and 'Hell' are not human inventions but rather that they are inseparable halves in the nature of the world, which man should not seek to separate from one another. A remarkable story of hardship, courage, and determination, this is Messner's account of yet another incredible adventure in a life that has already known so many.

  • Messner is widely recognized as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time
  • This narrative conveys Messner's achievements and personal philosophies

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Year 1992
Author Reinhold Messner & Jill Neate