Reinhold Messner found fame as the first person to conquer all of the world's 8,000 meter high peaks without oxygen. Now he is attracting tourists to his native South Tyrol for a Messner Mountain Week of less extreme mountaineering.
This mountain has no peaks and offers no beautiful views — it is located inside a research facility in Cologne. Two mountain climbers have volunteered to spend four weeks there, under extreme atmospheric conditions.
Over the past week, dead fish have been pulled out of Germany's rivers and lakes by the ton — the extreme heat and a lack of rain have proven too much for them. Global warming is among factors altering fish habitat.
Several ski tourers died and others were in critical condition after spending a night on an exposed Swiss mountainside at 3,000 meters altitude. German, French and Italian nationals were among the group.
Luca Lombardini, his fiancee and his brother were climbing Europe's highest peak when they slipped and died. Heatwave conditions have made conditions more dangerous on the Mont Blanc massif.
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