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Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780767924702
0767924703
Branch Call Number: 796.522 VIE
Characteristics: viii, 358 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., col. map. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Roberts, David 1943-

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Infodemon
Oct 06, 2010

Ed Viesturs' personal account of his mission to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000+ metre peaks without oxygen. Remarkable not just for his achievements, but for his determination not to become another statistic and to come home safely from each peak - even when that meant turning back just yards from the summit.

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