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May 12, 2021

Climbing up with Simon Messner

Simon Messner, son of Reinhold Messner, says he is an anxious person. More fearful than others. He even had a fear of heights. But he sometimes finds fear helpful. Even in his great passion, alpinist climbing. You just have to learn to deal with it, because “without fear there is no courage.”

I am happy to have met Simon along with my wrinting collegue Lenz Koppelstätter and my amazing wife and producer Jessi for GEO magazine in the Dolomites.

That hike was a great adventure. But when I looked at my heart rate monitor in the evening, I was quite shocked. Max pulse 199. From 210 one might die of heart failure due to ventricular fibrillation. That was close..oh boy. But an exciting challenge.