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"Murdering the Impossible"
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- a 2006 National Geographic profile of Reinhold Messner
, "the greatest climber in history"
.The Crystal Horizon
is Messner's account of becoming the first man to summit Everest solo and without supplemental oxygen:
Only quite seldom can I overcome my separation from the world, can I feel myself at one with the cosmos - when I am climbing. And then only if through extreme stress, and concentration on the greatest difficulties, I reach a state in which my ego dissolves itself.