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  • Published: New York : Broadway Books, 2006.
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Description: 358 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0767924703 (alk. paper)

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

by Viesturs, Ed.

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Call number: 796.522 Vi

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

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The Story of the Super Climber

Ed Viesturs' name has popped up in practically every book I've read about Everest or Himalayan climbing, so it seemed like a natural progression to read his own story. He's an unusually great climber, benefiting from skill, good sense and luck and his autobiography is full of stories of these three things.

There are great anecdotes, like the rocks that accidentally carried in a pack all the way up a difficult climb and not discovered until they were unpacked back at home. And there is tragedy of friends lost and expeditions gone dangerously wrong.

I think anyone who enjoys reading about Himalayan mountaineering would enjoy this book by someone as constant in the climbing community as Viesturs, but newcomers to the subject might not grasp just how incredible his skill, sense and luck have been.

Ed is the man!

As an armchair climbing enthusiast, I have read about all there is out there regarding high-altitude climbing and have come to realize that among all the professional climbers out there, there are very few that compare to Ed Viesturs' skill set and his approach to climbing. He is always mentioned by other climbing writers as the preeminent high-altitude climber. This is a great book, well written, with new insights to mountain specific climbs and past events (e.g., Everest in 1996). If you are into high-altitude climbing it is another must-read. Seriously entertaining in my opinion.

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