ED VIESTURS No Shortcuts to the TopThis 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
- 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
- Includes a new postscript
- Author: Ed Viesturs with David Roberts
- Paperback, 2006
- 372 pages; 8 x 5 in.
- Published by Broadway Books