Update: The Guardian has posted an excellent article on the
Messner artifacts and DNA.
See it here, for our earlier article see below.
Messner held his press conference in Pakistan where he
described the finding of his brother's remains on Nanga Parbat. The
news conference at Marriott
hotel, Islamabad to reveal the facts, Prof. Hipp Rudoff assisted Mr. Messner.
As we understood it from the
press conference, Abdul Manan and Fazal Haq again found the remain of Messner brother at an altitude
of 4300m on 17 July while they were guiding a International expedition. They
forward this information to Liver Khan and Samandar Khan who further
forward this information to Messner, and showed these remains to Messner on 29
July when he was in Pakistan with a trekking group. He confirmed the remains
belongs to his brother from the items like the leather shoe, front notes, color of
the trousers. The latest samples of remains are sent to Germany for further
While answering questions
Messner said that now this chapter should be closed. He further told that next
year his all family including children will visit the site and make a
memorial. He also answered that the Korean found note at the top of
Nanga Parbat this year was left by him, to prove that he climbed and made the
summit. The Korean team has invited Messner to come Korea where they will
present the note to him in a ceremony.
He also announced of making a
school in Diamer Area but locals there is need of a road from Halala to Sar
which is about 15km and a need of hospital for women.
He also inform the media that
there is no one representing him in Pakistan as mentioned by some web news.
The Staff at EverestNews.com and Asghar Ali Porik Managing Director M/s Jasmine Tours GPO Box 859, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Another good article is here.
Earlier Update: The mainstream Austrian media and the Austrian national
radio station (ORF) has confirmed the finding of Günther Messner.
The remains of Reinhold
Messner's brother, Guenther Messner, have been found on Nanga Parbat. Guenther
Messner disappeared after summiting the mountain in 1970. 'I recognized the
shoes and the jacket of my brother', said Messner is in Pakistan. Guenther
Messner body was apparently discovered by other climbers.
Reinhold Messner 1970 climbed
Nanga Parbat (8125m) with his younger brother Gunther, summitting via the
Rupal Face, but then traversing the mountain and descending via the Diamir
Flank. Guenther disappeared. Messner's climbing partners, Max von Kienlin and
Hans Saler doubted Reinhold's version of his brothers death in books they
published. They spoke of a man so possessed with climbing, and with so much
diseased ambition, that he was on the verge of negligence. Messner in turn
blamed his climbing partners for not looking for Guenther...
photographer and European parliamentarian, Reinhold Messner was born in Brixen,
South Tyrol, Italy, on 17th September 1944. He grew up in the Villnöss Valley
in the Dolomites and later studied at the University of Padua.
He has been one of the
world’s most outstanding mountaineers for twenty years. In the course of about
one hundred trips in the mountains he has chalked up many first ascents and
was the first to climb all the world’s 8000-metre peaks. He lectures
throughout the world, makes documentary films, contributes to well-known
specialist magazines and supports the preservation of the last wildernesses.
Contrary to modern
adventure performers, Reinhold Messner never went after records; instead, he
is interested in being exposed to nature in landscapes hardly touched by man,
and in travelling with a minimum of equipment. He followed Mummery's "by fair
means" on Nanga Parbat, Nansen's "call of the north" to the ice packs of the
Arctic and crossed the Antarctic via the South Pole after an idea by
Shackleton. Opposing his travelling on foot to the possibilities the age of
communication has to offer, he does without any expansion bolts, oxygen masks
and satellite phones - an anachronism, true, but one that preserves an
inexhaustible source of experience in the wilderness.
He has written more than 40 books, which have
been translated into more than a dozen languages. Between his journeys he
lives in Juval Castle in South Tyrol where he runs a museum containing a
considerable collection of Tibetan art, and a hill farm using organic methods.
In addition, he continues to write books and develop museum projects.
Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were the first to
summit without the use of bottled oxygen. Reinhold Messner
was the first, and many will argue the only, to ever solo Everest on
Aug 20, 1980 via the North Col/North Face.
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