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  • Authors: Ed Viesturs with David Roberts
  • Softcover; 372 pages
  • Broadway Books; copyright 2007

Made in USA.

For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

A preternaturally 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, ''Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.'' It is with this philosophy 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. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

Along with the raw excitement of Viesturs' odyssey, this book is leavened with many funny moments revealing the camaraderie among climbers. It is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and the beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

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Best Use Mountaineering, Climbing
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I do not read a lot of books, but I couldn't put this one down. Cover to cover. It is very inspirational. Gives young and old readers something to dream about, and hopefully accomplish in their own mountaineering endeavors.
Date published: 2012-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, inspiring book This is an awesome read that I highly recommend! It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I was rooting for Ed as he tried to conquer all of the 8,000 m peaks!
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read for anyone and everyone I couldn't put this book down and found every chapter as entertaining and useful as the last. Can't recommend any higher!
Date published: 2017-05-04
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