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Explorer and mountaineer Reinhold Messner is famous for making the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.
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He continued to seek out these animals and later concluded that they were some type of nocturnal bear.
In 1999, Messner showed an interest in politics, winning a seat in the European Parliament. He served only one term and left office in 2004. Since then, Messner has been working on a network of five museums "dedicated to the art, culture,
religion and pecularities of mountain regions throughout the world." Four sites of the Messner Mountain Museum are already open and a fifth in development. He has also established the Messner Mountain Foundation to "support the mountain races worldwide."
Messner lives in South Tyrol, Italy, with his partner, Sabine, and their children.
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