Man’s mysterious mountain death is FINALLY solved when boot is discovered 50 years later – World News

Famed alpinist Reinhold Messner claims the shoe dispels rumors he left his brother to die on the rugged slopes of Pakistan’s Naga Parbat

Renowned mountaineer Reinhold Messner shows off his brother's shoe, which he says proves his story of the ascent
Renowned mountaineer Reinhold Messner shows off his brother’s shoe, which he says proves his story of the ascent

A shocking tale of brotherly betrayal that has plagued the mountaineering world for over 50 years has come to an end after the discovery of a mountaineering boot previously buried in a Himalayan glacier.

The boot of Geunther Messner, a young Italian climber who died on the slopes of Naga Parbat in Pakistan in 1970, confirms his brother’s story of being swept away by an avalanche.

Geunther and his brother Reinhold Messner, who later became one of the most famous mountaineers in the world, had been attempting to climb the 26,660-foot mountain when tragedy struck.

Reinhold has always claimed that his brother was swept away by an avalanche, but rumors have persisted that he abandoned his brother to die on the mountain for the glory of reaching the summit alone.







The peak of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan
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According to his story, he narrowly escaped the avalanche with his life, staggered down the mountain and wandered for six days before being rescued.

He has always said it was a miracle that he survived the tragedy that took his brother’s life.

He explained: “When they found me down in the valley, I hadn’t eaten in six days and I weighed 56 kg [171lbs]. I cheated death.”







The two brothers had been attempting to climb Nanga Parbat when disaster struck
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Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb Mount Everest without oxygen.

Now, 52 years later, the boot’s position seems to reinforce Reinhold’s insistence that he has not failed his younger brother.

It was found by locals at the foot of the western Diamir Face of the mountain, right where Reinhold said his brother was swept to his death.







The shoe that Reinhold says proves his story of what happened
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Reinhold posted a photo of the boot on Instagram to back up his story.

“This is further proof that I did not let Günther down,” he told the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”. “People said I let him die and sacrificed him for my own ambition.”

A bone from his brother had been found in the same area back in 2005, along with his other boot.

“The remains were found on the slope I always said was the place I saw him disappear,” he said.







Reinhold became the star of the mountaineering world and was the first person to scale Everest without oxygen
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The boot was specially made for his brother for the exhibition.

“The mountain never lies, and if it were still necessary, the discovery of this boot will definitively establish the truth about my brother’s death.

“This is irrefutable proof that Günther disappeared on the descent, not on the ascent.”

Reinhold Messner now wants to send the boot back to Italy, where it will be exhibited in one of the Messner Mountain Museums he founded in his native South Tyrol, the German-speaking part of northern Italy.

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