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128 Pages
Publication date: August 2019
Imprint: Benevento
Reinhold Messner

Save the Mountains

An Appeal by Reinhold Messner to the World

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Mass tourism is threatening the once unique and pristine nature of the mountains: More and more parking lots, ski lifts, and roads are shaping the mountain ranges. Reinhold Messner calls for a sustainable and reasonable interaction with the alpine cultural landscape and appeals to each and every one of us to protect the mountains so that we will be able to experience their natural state in the future.

When the romantics discovered the beauty of the mountains, no one could have fathomed that this would be the beginning of alpine mass tourism. Today, entire montane regions have become playgrounds with staged amusement parks and barren slopes. Cyclists, climbers, trekkers, and skiers expect perfect entertainment, alpinists expect an omnipresent mountain rescue service. The grandeur of nature, however, is increasingly trivialized.

Reinhold Messner, who knows the mountains of this world like no other, is an advocate for the maintenance of the cultural landscape and the protection of the mountain’s wilderness. In a trenchant, strongly voiced way he shows that we all share the responsibility for the survival of this ancient landscape. For only if the individual changes their lifestyle can we save the mountains from their demise.

»Reinhold Messner: King of the mountains – The world’s greatest living climber«
Financial Times on REINHOLD MESSNER



Sample Translation


Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner, born in 1944, is the most famous mountaineer and adventurer of our time. As a climber, frontier crosser and »philosopher in action«, he has repeatedly set new standards: He was the first person to climb all 14 eight-thousanders and, together with Arved Fuchs, crossed Antarctica on foot. Today, he fights for an ecologically sustainable approach to nature, manages mountain farms and designs the Messner Mountain Museum at six locations. In addition, he now devotes himself to mountain film as an author, director and producer.