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VETERAN WORLD-CLASS CLIMBER and bestselling author Ed Viesturs — the only American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks and the sixth person to do so without supplemental oxygen — trains his sights on Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth, in richly detailed accounts of expeditions that are by turns personal, harrowing, deadly, and inspiring.

The world's most famous mountain, Everest remains for serious high-altitude climbers the ultimate goal. Viesturs has gone on eleven expeditions to Everest, reaching the summit seven times. He's spent more than two years of his life on the mountain. No climber today is better poised to survey Everest's various ascents — both personal and historic. In The Mountain, Viesturs delivers just that: riveting you-are-there accounts of his own climbs as well as vivid narratives of some of the more famous and infamous climbs throughout the last century, when the honor of nations often hung in the balance, depending on which climbers summited first. In addition to his own experiences, Viesturs sheds light on the fate of Mallory and Irvine, whose 1924 disappearance just 800 feet from the top remains one of mountaineering's greatest mysteries, and on the multiply tragic last days of Rob Hall and Scott Fischer in 1996, the stuff of which Into Thin Air was made.

Informed by the experience of one who has truly been there, The Mountain affords a rare glimpse into that place on earth where Heraclitus's maxim — character is destiny — is proved time and again. Complete with gorgeous photos of Everest, many of which were taken by Viesturs himself, and shots taken on some of the legendary historic climbs, The Mountain is an immensely appealing book for active and armchair climbers alike.

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Veteran world-class climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs — the only American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, and only the sixth man to do so without supplemental oxygen — trains his sights on Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth, in richly detailed accounts of expeditions that are by turns personal, harrowing, deadly, and inspiring.

The world's most famous mountain, Everest remains for serious high-altitude climbers an ultimate goal.

About the Author

Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as America's foremost high-altitude mountaineer. In 1992 he was awarded the American Alpine Club's David A. Sowles Award for his participation in two rescues on K2. He is also the recipient of the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife and their children.

David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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Heather G, October 13, 2013 (view all comments by Heather G)
Ed Viesturs is the only American to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, and one of few anywhere to do it without supplemental oxygen.
He's penned prior climbing books, and this time, he gives us more mountain lore, this time focused on Mount Everest. This book completely drew me in, even though like many readers of this genre I had read some of the material previously, albeit by other authors. Viesturs reviews famous Everest stories such as George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 climb, the first summit in 1953 by Edmund Hillary, the 1996 disaster chronicled in "Into Thin Air," and of course, his own epic summits of Everest -- 7 in all. Surely active and armchair climbers alike will be thoroughly entertained by more of these stories about the world's highest peak.
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ISBN:
9781451694734
Subtitle:
My Time on Everest
Author:
Ed Viesturs and David Roberts
Author:
Viesturs, Ed
Author:
Roberts, David
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Mountaineering
Publication Date:
20131008
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Veteran world-class climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs — the only American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, and only the sixth man to do so without supplemental oxygen — trains his sights on Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth, in richly detailed accounts of expeditions that are by turns personal, harrowing, deadly, and inspiring.

The world's most famous mountain, Everest remains for serious high-altitude climbers an ultimate goal.

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