Reinhold Messner - Updated May 2024

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Brixen, Italy

Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner is a famous mountain climber and polar trekker. Prominently, Reinhold Messner is known for his pioneering and difficult ascents of the world’s highest peaks. Surprisingly, he and Austrian Peter Habeler were the first to climb Mount Everest in 1978. Let us know more about his professional and personal life.

Early Life

Reinhold Messner was born on Septetmber 17, 1944. His full name is Reinhold Andreas Messner. Currently, he is 79 years old. His birthplace is Brixen (Bressanone), South Tyrol, Italy. Moreover, he belongs to the Italian nationality whereas his ethnicity is unavailable.  Messner grew up in a German-speaking family that settled in St. Peter, Villnöß. His zodiac sign is Virgo.

Reinhold and  Günther

Caption: Reinhold with his brother, Günther (Source: Instagram)

Additionally, he was born to Maria and Joseph. His mother was the daughter of the shipowner. And, his father used to serve the German army. Also, he participated in WW II on the Russian front. At the age is 13, Messner began climbing with his brother,  Günther.

Likewise, Messner has eight siblings in total. He was the second one among them. Furthermore, his siblings are  Helmut (born 1943), Günther (1946–1970), Erich (born 1948), Waltraud (born 1949), Siegfried (1950–1985), Hubert (born 1953), Hansjörg (born 1955) and Werner (born 1957).

Reinhold Messner – Professional Life

Most of the achievements are from the Alps. Later, he got his first major claim in 1970. Between the years, 1960 and 1964, he led over 500 ascents. Most of them were in the Dolomites.

In the year 1968, he was able to achieve further first: the Heiligkreuzkofel middle pillar and the direct south face of the Marmolada. In the year 1969, Messner then joined an Andes expedition, during which he succeeded, together with Peter Habeler. After a year, he got invited to join a major Himalayan expedition. It was going to attempt the unclimbed Rupal face of Nanga Parbat.  Surprisingly, he championed the cause of ascending Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen.

In 1978, Messner was able to reach the summit of Everest with Habeler. And, it was Everest’s first solo summit. He also made a solo ascent of the Diamir face of Nanga Parbat. Ultimately, he became the first to complete all fourteen eight-thousanders in 1986.

Besides, he has also crossed Antarctica on skis, with fellow explorer Arved Fuchs. Also, he completed a 2,0000-kilometer 2004 expedition through the Gobi desert. After two years, he founded the Messner Mountain Museum in 2006. Similarly, he has also worked in the trending documentary, 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible. He was a high-altitude mountaineer in the documentary and reality as well.

Political Career

Talking about his political career, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the Federation of the Greens. And, he was an official member of South Tyrolean Greens.  It is a regionalist and ecologist political party active only in South Tyrol.

Even after the end of his political career, he has always been a strong supporter of green and environmentalist policies. He was also an activist in the fight against global warming.

Reinhold Messner – Net worth 2024

Based on some sources of information, his net worth is around $1.4 million.  There is no information available about his salary, personal belongings, and other endorsements.

Personal Life and Relationships

In the year 1972,  Reinhold Messner tied the knot to Uschi Demeter. Uschi Demeter is a Canadian photographer. The couple shares a daughter. The name of their daughter is Layla Messner. She was born in 1981. Unfortunately, they divorced in 1977.

Reinhold Messner and his child

Caption: Reinhold Messner and his child (Source: Instagram)

In the year 2009, he married his long-time girlfriend, Sabine Stehle.  She is a textile designer from Vienna. They share three children. Ultimately, they separated in 2019. In May 2021, Messner married Diane Schumacher. She is a 41-year-old Luxembourg woman living in Munich.

Reinhold Messner – Body Measurements

Reinhold Messner stands 5 feet and 12 inches tall.  Likewise, his weight is 72 kg. He has gray hair color. On the other hand, his eye color is blue. Nevertheless, there are no other details about his exact body measurements, dress size, and shoe size.

Reinhold Messner Body Measurements

Social Media

Furthermore, Reinhold Messner has his official accounts on Facebook and Instagram. But, he does not have a verified account on Twitter. On Instagram, he has 104k followers with the username @reinholdmessner_official. His username on Facebook is Reinhold Messner with over 39k followers.