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  • No Shortcuts to the Top

  • Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
  • Written by: Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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No Shortcuts to the Top

Written by: Ed Viesturs,David Roberts
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
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Publisher's Summary

This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time.

For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 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 lives by 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.

No Shortcuts to the Top 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.

©2006 Ed Viesturs and David Roberts (P)2006 Books on Tape

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Getting down is mandatory!

A read to relish in the glory of living the dream. Very few ever could!

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The Ultimate climbing adventure

Ed Viesturs according to me is the greatest ever climber. To have done all 14 eight thousand meters peaks without supplemental oxygen may not have been pioneering as the maestro and messiah of mountaineering Reinhold Messner but to have climbed them 30 times overall is probably something no body has ever achieved. Listening his adventures through this audible version was like taking you through all those journeys

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Live listening to the great ascents

This was my first time of an audio book. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrative. Felt like listening to the author himself. What a great story of conquest of 14 8 thousanders..

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