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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924719
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the opening scene of Viesturs's memoir of his quest to become the first American to climb the 14 mountains in the world higher than 8,000 meters, he and a friend nearly get thrown off the face of K2 when they're caught in an avalanche. It's one of the few moments in the story when his life genuinely seems at risk, as his intense focus on safety is generally successful. "Getting to the top is optional," he warns. "Getting down is mandatory." That lesson comes through most forcefully when Viesturs recounts how he almost attempted to reach the summit at Everest the day before the group Jon Krakauer wrote about in Into Thin Air, but backed out because it just didn't feel right. His expertise adds a compelling eyewitness perspective to those tragic events, but the main focus is clearly on Viesturs and his self-imposed "Endeavor 8000." From his earliest climbs on the peaks of the Pacific Northwest to his final climb up the Himalayan mountain of Annapurna, Viesturs offers testimony to the sacrifices (personal and professional) in giving your life over to a dream, as well as the thrill of seeing it through. (Oct.)
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For nearly two decades Viesturs has been living his dream: to scale the world's 14 tallest peaks--the 8,000ers, as they're known, the 14 mountains taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). All of them are in Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet, and none is easy to conquer. Viesturs, who has stood atop Everest half a dozen times, is among the world's most accomplished climbers, and even he admits it's no picnic dragging yourself up to those heights. With coauthor Roberts, a veteran mountaineering author, Viesturs turns his quest to conquer the 8,000ers into a compelling story of dedication, desperation, danger, derring-do, and devotion (physical and spiritual). Fans of extreme-sport books, especially tales of high adventure, will want to add this one to their collections. David Pitt
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If you're interested in mountaineering or even just starting to get into it- I think this book is a must read. The part I like most about this book is that it's not only about what it is like to climb a mountain, but that Ed Viesturs talks about how difficult the life of a professional mountaineer actually can be and that it is not just about getting to the top, but also about getting down. Great book, loved reading it, read some parts a second time as well.
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Unlike most mountain books, this is more about Ed's hurdles getting on mountains and much of the physical and mental aspects. He tells his exploits, but I found it more motivational and transferable to any of life's obstacles. I've read many of the books that tell of the expedition in great detail and they're great stories. No Shortcuts go beyond that for me. It is a more personal account of the story behind the story, not just about climbing. As I say, I actually found it motivational and inspiring. I've giving climbing books to my partner and she has a tough time getting into them. This one she enjoyed more because it was about more then "the climb" per say. To date, its my favorite "mountaineering" book.
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This book is about adventure, perseverance, following your dreams and more. The Everest Imax movie is my favourite Imax of all time and this book explains the "behind the scenes" on the mountain which is an added bonus that I was not expecting. It's perfect for an armchair traveler like me.
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An excellent book, really discussing the high-altitude climbing world from a different angle. Nice to see a book that doesn't go into too much detail about "establishing camp 1, 2, 3, etc..." but more into the detail about other challenges. Excellently written.
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