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Mountaineer Viesturs renounces Guinness 8,000 m record

'Messner was the first to climb all 14 peaks, not me'

(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 27 - Mountaineer Edmund Viesturs on Wednesday renounced the record attributed to him recently by Guinness World Records as the first person to climb the world's 14 mountains over 8,000 m.
    "I am firmly convinced that Reinhold Messner was the first to climb all 14 eight-thousanders and that this should be recognised," said the American after the Guinness World Records decided to strip Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner of the title following claims he had failed to reach the summit of Annapurna, in Nepal, in 1985.
    "Messner and the other mountaineers did everything they could to climb the real peaks, to the best of their knowledge and in the conditions they found on site," added the 64-year-old.
    Viesturs said Messner was "our forerunner, not only stylistically, but also physically and psychologically, climbing without supplementary oxygen".
    "Other climbers like me were able to follow in his footsteps by drawing inspiration from him," he continued, adding that "climbing is a personal journey and should not be about lists or records".
    Speaking to ANSA on Monday, Messner described the decision by Guinness World Records to strip him of his title as "nonsense".
    "First of all, I have never claimed any records, so they cannot disown me," said the 79-year-old, one of italy's most illustrious extreme mountaineers.
    "Also, mountains change, like everything in nature. Especially on Annapurna, all it takes is for the snow cornice to collapse and the summit drops five metres," he added. (ANSA).
   

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