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No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

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This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time.

For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing’s holy grail: to stand atop the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto, “Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

In addition to the raw excitement of Viesturs’s odyssey, No Shortcuts to the Top is leavened with many funny moments revealing the camaraderie between climbers. It is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and his beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

Synopsis:

A veteran mountaineer recalls some of his most harrowing and dangerous climbs as he pursues the goal of reaching the summit of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, detailing his dedication to the philosophy that "getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory" while discussing some of his own close calls, rescues, and errors in judgment on the part of fellow climbers. 75,000 first printing.

About the Author

ED VIESTURS still climbs and seeks out new adventures. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife and three children. DAVID ROBERTS is a veteran author of mountaineering books, including On the Ridge Between Life and Death.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767926416
Subtitle:
Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Ed Viesturs with David Roberts
Author:
David, Roberts
Author:
Viesturs, Ed
Author:
Roberts, David
Author:
Ed Viesturs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Sports - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Sports - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Mountaineering
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Mountaineers
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Outdoors - Mountaineering Literature
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20061017
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
358

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Mountaineering » General

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
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Product details 358 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780767926416 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A veteran mountaineer recalls some of his most harrowing and dangerous climbs as he pursues the goal of reaching the summit of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, detailing his dedication to the philosophy that "getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory" while discussing some of his own close calls, rescues, and errors in judgment on the part of fellow climbers. 75,000 first printing.
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