The 76-Year-old Messner, which had begun in Germany a series of lectures, is stuck currently in the Bavarian capital. “I was just on the rise in Ethiopia, to the mountain. When I came back to Europe, came the first bad news from Italy. I had planned for a long time, a whole series of lectures in large halls in Germany. The first four performances, I was able to finish, then it was the end. Then I pulled myself, like all the other back and am in Munich remained,“ said Messner, the South Tyrolean News Portal “Salto” in an Interview.

Messner can not return to Munich girlfriend to South Tyrol

The reason for his stay in Munich, his German girlfriend, who could currently enter the country due to corona-induced border closures, neither Austria nor Italy. “I could, in theory, to Italy, but I don’t want to leave this Situation alone. I hope to return as soon as possible to South Tyrol, because we wouldn’t have to sit through the suitable location, the crisis. I’m waiting on the opportunity that we can both go.“ Messner had been left in the last year of his wife, with whom he has three children,.

Alto Adige Reinhold Messner with his new girlfriend Diane Schumacher at a book presentation.

he is Currently spend in Munich the day to write. “If I’m locked up, I have no other option. To kill time, I decided to bring a clear structure in my daily routine. That is to say: I work and write things that I will need maybe once,“ said Messner salto.bz.

The former extreme climber shows a thoughtful, in what concerns the course of the epidemic. “The Whole shows us clearly that we don’t need a ‘Star Wars’, no attack by aliens, in order to go down. It’s a Virus, its behavior, scientists do not look through enough to get ourselves in a Situation that is called in Italy, in the meantime, the war.“ Here in Germany, this choice of words not to be used yet, but in Italy and especially in Lombardy the Situation is so dramatic that one can speak of the “conditions of War”. “We have been in order before our eyes, that we humans are an imperfect being, which can be quickly cornered. Alone by a Virus.“

“At the beginning I thought: Me, not”

relates anyway To the question, whether he himself was concerned, since he was 75 years are in the risk group, responds Messner: “no, I’m not afraid to be myself. I believe that I have isolated very well and good watching.”

However, he admits: “At the beginning I thought: Oh, I’m not concerned anyway, and I’m just going to look to be somewhere in the mountains. What I was ultimately. Today I say: We should have stayed in Ethiopia, because we were far away from the people. But if this continues, then I worry about it Later.”

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