Messner reached the top of the world solo
Having climbed Everest in 1978 without supplemental oxygen but with a partner, this time Reinhold Messner did it alone, choosing the north east ridge and becoming the first man to climb through the steep gorge of the Norton Couloir.
About the Author
Catherine Cusack is a co-owner of Cold Mountain Kit. She is a keen climber and has climbed extensively in the UK and also in Europe. But the bouldering bug still has her in its grasp because throwing yourself at unsuitable overhanging problems isn't futile at all.