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“Gripping...reveals a good deal about the rarefied noble-gonzo world of high-altitude mountaineering.”
—New York Times
“Viesturs illuminates K2's challanges, triumphs, tragedies, and follies...Riveting.”
—The Daily Beast
“Viesturs's you-are-there narration communicates effortlessly the enormous effort, and high adventure, of scaling K2.”
ED VIESTURS is the first and only American to ascend all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen and the author of The Mountain, No Shortcuts to the Top, and The Will to Climb.
In addition to his collaborations with Ed Viesturs, DAVID ROBERTS is the author of more than twenty books, including Finding Everett Ruess.
Forgetting the shocking omissions he makes vis-a-vis the 1996 Everest disaster (I'm not even going there), I have never seen such an unjustified sense of grandeur in a mountaineer. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lindsay
Good read by someone who has climbed all the 8,000 m peaks and knows what he's talkign about.
Viesturs obviously thinks he's pretty darn neat, but that doesn't take away... Read more
I have often quoted Ed Viesturs famous saying, "Reaching the summit is optional. getting down is mandatory" on my several desert four-wheeling and canoeing / kayaking adventures. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2011 by Suhail Zubaid AHMAD