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No shortcuts to the top : climbing the world's 14 highest peaks

Author: Ed Viesturs; David Roberts
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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For eighteen years Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. As he recounts his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest, but who would not shrink  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Viesturs, Ed.
No shortcuts to the top.
New York : Broadway Books, c2006
(OCoLC)647063241
Named Person: Ed Viesturs; Ed Viesturs
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ed Viesturs; David Roberts
ISBN: 0767924703 9780767924702
OCLC Number: 64487296
Notes: Includes index.
Col. map on lining papers.
Description: viii, 358 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., col. map. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Ed Viesturs with David Roberts.
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For eighteen years Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. As he recounts his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A 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 has an unyielding motto, "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy in mind 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.--From publisher description.

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