Carolina Outdoors Podcast: Records Stripped from Climbing Icon
Segment 1, September 30th, 2023
The native Italian, Reinhold Messner, who was the first to climb the fourteen highest mountains in the world, was stripped of his record by the Guinness World Record. The records were taken away after cartographer, Eberhard Jurgalski, discovered from his office desk, that Messner never reached the “true summit” of Annapurna.
According to Jurgalski, Messner missed it by fifteen feet. He then was able to convinced the Guinness Book of World Records to strip Messner of two titles: the first person to climb all 14 peaks over 8,000 m and the first to do so without oxygen. The record now belongs to Ed Viesturs, who finished his fourteenth in 2005.I am a happy man!”