Not as Messner intended, but as an analogy for wrapping your mind around what you first find inconceivable.
photo of the Patriarch in March of 2007.
Perhaps THE ski mountaineering route in the Beartooths. ? (on par with the Hossack-MacGowan, for style, as far as I’m concerned).
I ponder this one often. (and had a laser eye on it two days ago ;) Looks reasonable in this photo too! I assure you though, it's all that and then some.
I’m not suggesting anyone rush out and battle dragons,
but when the time is right it’s reassuring to know that they are out there.