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
Ed Viesturs is an amazing climber who brings self awerness to a very dangerous sport!
Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Anitoli Bukriev's The Climb.
I read Ed's k2 book first and really didn't want it to end, so I picked up this one. This book has significantly less mountain climbing than his other book but still kept me engaged and was interesting. I would recommend his k2 book first, and if you're as smitten with him then as I was consider this as a good follow up.
I don't know if non-climbers will like this or appreciate this, but I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this audiobook. Great narrator and great writing. As someone who's only recently gotten into the sport, I was thankful that Ed wrote in style that climbers of all levels could understand. Thanks for the inspiration. Now I need to climb my own Annapurna!
Ed Viesturs has a terrific life story. and this was a great telling. very inspirational for someone who wants to do anything difficult. as a casual climber, I was enraptured by the vivid descriptions of his mountain exploits. as a family man, I can relate to the personal difficulties of balancing risk and reward.
Fantastic narrative, amazing narrator... all in all, now one of my favorite books ever! I couldn't stop listening; it's sure to motivate any adventurer or really anyone looking to succeed in life.
Liked the biographical approach but at times it felt as if there were some moments of conceit or megalomania throughout. The narrator has a good time but an annoying reading voice. This had the effect of slightly over dramatizing the content.
I believe it is information well worth putting out there. yes, the story of Ed is excellent, but to me is the story of his character. someone I can certainly relate to.
Story is great sadly the narrator kills it for me
SOOO boring, emphasis on things was strange. odd inflections.. something just bugged me about the way he read it.
Ed is completely perfect climber - " A complete Risk Manager for 8000mt + peaks"
"A brilliantly read and written book"
I have re-listened to this book many times as its very inspiring and well read which gives you a real sense of how difficult it is and the amazing achievement on getting up the 14 most difficult mountains in the world. Love this book
"Amazing and inspiring"
This book is a brilliant and engaging account of one man and his quest to climb all the higest mountains... utterly inspiring and amazing
A good book, but overlong. Quite a lot of detail about the writer's life which was only moderately interesting, and which is not that relevant to his overall achievements.
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