In national bestseller "The Mountain," world-renowned climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs and cowriter David Roberts paint a vivid portrait of obsession, dedication, and human achievement in a true love letter to the world's highest peak.
In "The Mountain," veteran world-class climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs--the only American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks--trains his sights on Mount Everest in richly detailed accounts of expeditions that are by turns personal, harrowing, deadly, and inspiring.
The highest mountain on earth, Everest remains the ultimate goal for serious high-altitude climbers. Viesturs has gone on eleven expeditions to Everest, spending more than two years of his life on the mountain and reaching the summit seven times. No climber today is better poised to survey Everest's various ascents--both personal and historic. Viesturs sheds light on the fate of Mallory and Irvine, whose 1924 disappearance just 800 feet from the summit remains one of mountaineering's greatest mysteries, as well as the multiple tragic last days of Rob Hall and Scott Fischer in 1996, the stuff of which "Into Thin Air" was made.
Informed by the experience of one who has truly been there, "The Mountain "affords a rare glimpse into that place on earth where Heraclitus's maxim--"Character is destiny"--is proved time and again.
About the Author
Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as America's foremost high-altitude mountaineer. In 1992 he was awarded the American Alpine Club's David A. Sowles Award for his participation in two rescues on K2. He is also the recipient of the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife and their children.
David Roberts is Professor and Head of English at Birmingham City University. His previous publications include The Ladies: Female Patronage of Restoration Drama (1989) and editions of Defoe's Colonel Jack, A Journal of the Plague Year and Lord Chesterfield's Letters. His articles and reviews have appeared in leading journals including Shakespeare Quarterly, The Review of English Studies, ELH, The Times Literary Supplement and New Theatre Quarterly.
nicely told account of a man’s endurance and perseverance in achieving a
and Roberts have written an exhaustively researched and wonderfully compelling
history of the most fascinating and dangerous of the Himalayan giants.”
Will to Climb captures the essence and spirit of the great sport of
mountaineering… For anyone who loves the outdoors and for those who admire the
will of mankind, this book is a must-read."
-Tod Leiweke, CEO of Tampa Bay Lightning
"An American master of the climb…Viesturs's
you-are-there narration communicates effortlessly the enormous effort, and high
adventure, of scaling K2."
"Magic...[An] outstanding piece of
“A compelling story of dedication, desperation,
danger, derring-do, and devotion (physical and spiritual). Fans of
extreme-sport books, especially tales of high adventure, will want to add this
one to their collections."
“Ed Viesturs was an inspiration to me personally
and to the Seahawks team in 2005. I highly recommend reading this account of
one of America’s heroes.”
-Mike Holmgren, coach of the Seattle Seahawks
the drama of the peaks, to the struggle of making a living as a professional
climber, to the basic how-tos of life at 26,000 feet, No Shortcuts to
the Top is fascinating reading."
-Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place
"Ed Viesturs—the first American to climb
all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without bottled oxygen—is an animal. A human
animal blessed with enormous strength balanced by intelligence, honesty, and a
heart of gold. And besides, HE IS A NICE GUY. This is a great read for those of us who climb, those who want to learn to
climb and live to tell about it, and those who like great adventures."
-Jim Whittaker, first American to climb Mount Everest,
“From his earliest climbs on the peaks of the Pacific
Northwest to his final climb up the Himalayan mountain of Annapurna, Viesturs
offers testimony to the sacrifices (personal and professional) in giving your
life over to a dream, as well as the thrill of seeing it through.”
"Ed Viesturs is not merely one of our strongest
mountaineers; he’s also one of the most remarkable. He’s demonstrated that it’s
possible to climb the world’s highest peaks without taking reckless chances,
and without sacrificing one’s honor or integrity. He has never hesitated to
help other climbers in need, even when it meant putting himself in danger or
sacrificing his own opportunity to achieve a summit. Ed, simply put, is a
genuine American hero.”
-Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air