X

Please provide your details and we'll get in touch within 24 hours

  • Check Speaker Availability

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Reinhold Messner

South Tyrol, Italy

One of the greatest climbers of all time

Completed first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen

Author of 63 books

Italian mountaineer, adventurer, explorer and author Reinhold Messner has made a career of near-impossible climbs, and is considered one of the greatest climbers in history. Reinhold is renowned for making the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, and for being the first climber to ascend all the world’s fourteen “eight-thousanders” (peaks over 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) above sea level).

Reinhold has also crossed Antarctica on skis, together with fellow explorer Arved Fuchs. To document his adventures, he has authored 63 books (in German, 1970–2006), many of which have been translated into other languages. Reinhold featured in the 1984 film The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Werner Herzog.

In 1999, Reinhold showed an interest in politics, winning a seat in the European Parliament. He served only one term and left office in 2004. That year he completed a 2,000-kilometre (1,200 mi) expedition through the Gobi desert.

Since then, Reinhold has been working on a network of five museums dedicated to the art, culture, religion and pecularities of mountain regions throughout the world. Four sites of the Messner Mountain Museum are already open and a fifth in development. He has also established the Messner Mountain Foundation to give aid to the hill tribes of the Himalayas, and also to support the mountain races worldwide.

Our Comment

"Reinhold’s ultimate achievements on Everest have earnt him the right as the greatest climber in history. Fluent in Italian, German and English, Reinhold keeps his audience in awe and inspires them to reach their own goals. He was also among the founders of Mountain Wilderness, an international NGO dedicated to the protection of mountains worldwide."

get in touch

We’re here to help.

If you can’t find the right speaker you need, or would like speaker ideas tailored to your event,

talk to us on the details below.

For UK, Europe and general enquiries, please contact

Rob Higgins

+44 207 293 0864

For US enquiries,

please contact

Ellis Trevor

+1 516 6581608

For Middle East, Asia & international enquiries

please contact

Raleigh Addington

+852 5819 2227