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Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner is perhaps one of the world's last great adventurers.One of the best-known living mountaineers, Messner became the first person to climb Mount Everest solo and without the help of bottled oxygen in 1980 . In 1986 he also became the first the scale the world's 14 summits over 8,000 meters, again without supplemental oxygen.Messner himself lost seven toes to frostbite.His brother's death prompted one of the most infamous rows in mountaineering history, which haunted Messner for decades.It wasn't until 2005 that Messner said he felt vindicated, when Guenther's remains were recovered close to where he always insisted his brother had died in an avalanche.Messner, who is married and has four children, then went on to found a series of mountaintop museums to raise awareness about conservation.Today, Messner spends his time making films and talks excitedly about his current one, which is set in Kenya and tells the story of two climbers who run into trouble and are faced with life-altering dilemmas.
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