The Slovenia Times

Grošelj makes Messner's Rock & Ice Stars list

Bolzano, Italy
Mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Viki Grošelj in front of the Rock & Ice Stars list at Firmian museum.
Photo: Viki Grošelj

Viki Grošelj, the Slovenian mountaineer with the largest number of eight-thousanders under his belt and the first Slovenian to have climbed all the highest peaks of the globe's continents, has made the prestigious Rock & Ice Stars list of names engraved at the entrance to Reinhold Messner's Firmian museum in Bolzano.

The 71-year-old Slovenian is only the 30 mountaineer to have been honoured in this way since Messner launched what is the largest mountaineering museum in the world in 2006.

The famous Italian mountaineer laid down three conditions for inclusion on the list, which covers the development of traditional mountaineering from 1930 to the present day. The climber must agree to have their name on the list, be at least 70 years old, and have been among the world's best mountaineers of their time.

Furthermore, they must have a unique philosophy of mountaineering or be the author of several books, films, or innovations in the technical or medical field, and be committed to humanitarian work.

Grošelj said he was deeply honoured for being included in such a prestigious company at Firmian. "I also see it as a tribute to and recognition of Slovenian mountaineering, which has shaped me," he added.


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