Not only his successes and adventures, but also his capabilities and his excellent communication skills have made a star of him.
Since 1970, Reinhold Messner is the first man ever that did climb the Mount Everest without the help of artificial oxygen; he is a book author and has published more than 50 books. Moreover, he is very active in the cultural and political field. From 1999 to 2004, he was in the Italian “Green” Party at the European Parliament. From 2003 to 2015, he opened in South Tyrol six „Messner Mountain Museen“ (Museums), where different alpine themes are exposed. Nowadays, he is more oriented towards movie making.
At the IMS 2016, together with Servus TV, there was the premiere of his movie “Still alive”. One year after: the second premiere.
The movie „Der Heilige Berg - The holy mountain“ tells about the dangerous rescue made by Reinhold Messner and Oswald Oelz at the Ama Dablam (6814 Metres) to save a group of New Zealand climbers. This mountain is known among climbers as „ Nepal’s Matterhorn“. Peter Hillary, son of the first Everest climber, wanted to climb the west side of the mountain. Suddenly, ice broke from the overhanging serac and hit the group of men. A climber died. Peter Hillary and the other two continued very slowly. Messner and the doctor Oswald Oelz decided to reach the group and to climb the damaged rock face. “It was very dangerous and I have never been so scared, but of course we had to help them” says Oelz today.
See the world premiere of the movie produced by Servus TV and directed by Reinhold Messner on Monday, 9th October at the IMS.