Nepal:Reinhol Messner, famous mountain climber, sees moon-sized object while climbing in Himalayas

Source: News World (New York) / United Press International, Oct. 10, 1981

“Climber sees Himalayan UFO”

KATMANDU, Nepal — Italian Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s foremost mountaineers, said Friday he watched a UFO “the size of a full moon” for nearly three hours while climbing in the Himalayas.

On his return to Katmandu after an unsuccessful attempt on 24,248-foot Mount Chamlang, he said he spotted the UFO as it drifted south into Nepal from Tibet over the mighty snowcapped mountains.

“It was moving very slowly,” he said. “It moved eastward and then went again southwest and drifted finally north into Tibet.” His climbing partner Doug Scott, a British schoolteacher, also sighted the object, he said, as did a nearby joint Polish-British expedition, but at a different time.

“It could not be a satellite because they move in an eliptical manner.” he said. “The movements of this object were irregular.”

United Press International

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Biography of Reinhold Messner (excerpt from Wikipedia):

Reinhold Messner (born September 17, 1944) is an Italian mountaineer [and adventurer], often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all time, noted for making the first solo ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen “eight-thousanders” (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level).

In 1980, Messner was the first person to ascend Mount Everest alone without supplementary oxygen. (Messner had done this earlier as part of a two-man team with Peter Habeler in 1978) . He was also the first to climb all fourteen “eight-thousanders” (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level, sometimes referred to as “Crown of the Himalayas”), winning a duel with Jerzy Kukuczka. He has also made a solo ascent of the technically difficult Nanga Parbat. Messner has crossed Antarctica on skis with Arved Fuchs. He has written a number of books about his experiences, many available translated into English, and other languages.

His solo ascent of Everest, when no other climber was on the mountain, is regarded as a singular achievement unlikely to be duplicated since the mountain today is often climbed in groups, and is relatively crowded with other aspiring climbers ascending simultaneously.

In 2004 he walked 2000 kilometres through the Gobi desert.

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