The Naked Wall - Nanga Parbat. "Every one who has ever stood at the foot of this face [4,500m/14,764ft] up above the 'Tap Alpe', studied it or flown over it, could not help the amazement of its sheer size; it has become known as the highest rock and ice wall in the world!" - Reinhold Messner, a living legend in mountaineering from Italy.
In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun. - Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles