416 Pages, gebunden
Wilhelm “Willo” Weizenbach is the best mountaineer of his time. He climbs many of the massive ice walls in the Alps, the first to do so in the case of a dozen of them. His colourful lectures on this subject enthral thousands of people. In 1929, he decides to climb the 8,125-metre-high Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas. But his plan is thwarted by his rival, whose nationalist convictions count for more than Weizenbach’s prowess and character. Weizenbach is not able to participate in the German expedition to Nanga Parbat until 1934. However, it is not led by him, does not follow his plan – and fails catastrophically.
Reinhold Messner opens up Weizenbach’s papers and lets the original documents speak for themselves. His book is a white-knuckle reconstruction of an intrigue – and of an era in which mountaineering lost its innocence.