Reinhold MESSNER is the living legend in the world climbing community who made the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen, and was the first mountaineer to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters above sea level in Himalayas. He has written about 70 books since 1974 and has been running Messner Mountain Museums and Messner Mountain Foundation for the Himalayan people since 2003.
In order to celebrate the opening of the only mountain film festival in Korea, Ulju Mountain Film Festival invited Reinhold MESSNER and hosted a lecture and an exhibition in which his life and philosophy as a mountaineer was presented. In the lecture he gave about his climbing, life, books and movies, more than 300 Korean mountaineers came to participate, which made the event truly successful.
His lecture opened a door to various approaches to the mountaineering culture, and Ulju Mountain Film Festival launched the Ulju Mountain Culture Awards to give to those who make big influence on climbing culture later.
Reinhold MESSNER has participated in about ten films so far, one or two of which are screened at the Ulju Mountain Film Festival every year to meet the audience.