[PDF / Epub] ☃ No Shortcuts to the Top By Ed Viesturs – Horsebackridingwisconsin.us

No Shortcuts to the Top This Gripping And Triumphant Memoir From The Author Of The Mountain Follows A Living Legend Of Extreme Mountaineering As He Makes His Assault On History, One 8,000 Meter Summit At A Time.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 ButNo 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 In Addition To The Raw Excitement Of Viesturs S Odyssey, No Shortcuts To The Top Is Leavened With Many Funny Moments Revealing The Camaraderie Between Climbers It Is 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 His Beliefs That Shaped This Most Perilous And Magnificent Pursuit.

10 thoughts on “No Shortcuts to the Top

  1. says:

    Although there is no official series of the Everest disaster of 1996 where 8 people died in a blizzard, This book, Krakauer s Into Thin Air, Boukreev s The Climb Tragic Ambitions on Everest, Kropp s Ultimate High My Everest Odysseyand Clint Willis s Climb Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice, plus a coupleI ve delved into, all read like a series All of them reference the same people and the events of that tragic climb on Everest It s very odd reading about the same cast and cat Although there is no official series of the Everest disaster of 1996 where 8 people died in a blizzard, This book, Krakauer s Into Thin Air, Boukreev s The Climb Tragic Ambitions on Everest, Kropp s Ultimate High My Everest Odysseyand Clint Willis s Climb Storie...

  2. says:

    I got the opportunity to climb with Ed Viesturs on Rainier in July 2010 It was by accident and only for half an hour I didn t know who he was at the time, but as he welcomed me onto his rope halfway up Cathedral Gap, I was struck by his charisma and positivity as I struggled with the thin air and the fat kid spilling his last two meals on the rocks behind me As we climbed, he continually called out encouragements to the middle aged man just behind on the rope I didn t know who he was, but I I got t...

  3. says:

    I am an armchair adventurer I love reading these stories about hardship, freezing cold temperatures, dangerous conditions and general misery while I m wrapped up in a blanket, cozy warm and with a steaming cup of tea nearby The Deadliest Catch was one of my favorite TV shows I m also so very impressed by the author s accomplishment to summit the world s 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen This book is not just a blow by blow of his successes and failures on the mountains, but ab I am an armchair adventurer I love reading these stories about hardship, freezing cold temperatures, dangerous conditions and general misery while I m wrapped up in a blanket, cozy warm and with a steaming cup of tea nearby The Deadliest Catch was one of my favorite TV shows I m also so very impressed by the author s accomplishment to summit the world s 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen This book is not just a blow by blow of his successes and failures on the mountains, but about his life s journey to that point, from being inspired at age 14 to finally reaching his goal at age 46 It s about despite becoming a veterinarian, he was strong enough to walk away because climbing was his true passion instead of earning a good ...

  4. says:

    While I absolutely respect Ed Viesturs not just for his accomplishments in mountaineering but also for his efforts to maximize safety, to rescue stranded climbers, tohelp scientists understand HACE and HAPE, and for his many MANY donations to wonderful charities this book was just sort of ho hum His compartmentalization on mountains, while necessary, does not necessarily make for great narration in a story Not that I want to capitalize on the heartache and terror he has seen, ...

  5. says:

    BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge 6 A book about natureI read the reviews, so I know there is a whole cult of people, myself included, who can t get enough of mountain climbing books ever since they read Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Hey Here s another one Actually, if you ve read Krakauer s book, Ed Viesturs name should be familiar to you He was at Everest in 1996 making the IMAX film called, surprisingly, Everest with David Breashears, and participa BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge 6 A book about natureI read the reviews, so I know there is a whole cult of people, myself included, who can t get enough of mountain climbing books ever since they read Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Hey Here s another one Actually, if you ve read Krakauer s book, Ed Viesturs name should be familiar to you He was at Everest in 1996 making the IMAX film called, surprisingly, Everest with David Breashears, and participated in the rescue effort after the killer storm that killed eight people So, the guy is a hero He s also o...

  6. says:

    While I found reading about all the mountain expeditions interesting, I had a problem connecting with the author I think he reminded the reader too many times about how great he was at making decisions, what an incredible athlete he was, how attractive he was to the ladies He very well may be all of these things, and he has accomplished incredible feats, but I found his propen...

  7. says:

    It s impossible not to respect Ed Viesturs accomplishments That does not mean you need to love his writing I found the book interesting, primarily because I am passionate about climbing mountains myself There is a lot of back story here that, although interesting and possibly even necessary for a book like this, is a bit tiresome I would have preferred to have had the climbs described indetail I m not sure that would have pleased other, though You can t win with a book like this.I wi It s impossible not to respect Ed Viesturs accomplishments That does not mean you need to love his writing I found the book interesting, primarily because I am passionate about climbing ...

  8. says:

    Ed Viesturs is kind of a dweeb, but I have to admit he s a workhorse superman One foot in front of the other, repeat, repeat, repeat He said at the top of some summits you have to take 15 breaths for every step Damn

  9. says:

    The stories jumped all over the place, both in chronology and in length And although the message is about getting down the mountain safely, the theme isn t interesting enough to play through the whole book...

  10. says:

    The life of a mountaineer and his pursuit of the fourteen 8000ers A very engaging book that succeeds in depicting the passion, determination, and emotional waves that animate Viesturs and lead him repeatedly to the top of the world and from there with the same intensity back home The last chapter is an unnecessary reiteration of the meaning of mountaineering, in which the author feels the need to explain maybe first of all to himself the significance of a life spent in the accomplishment o The life of a mountaineer and his pursuit of the fourteen 8000ers A very engaging book that succeeds in depicting the passion, determination, and emotional waves that animate Viesturs and lead him repeatedly to the top of the world and from there with the same intensity back home The last chapter is an unnecessary reiteration of the meaning of mountaineering, in which the author feels the need to explain maybe first of all to himself the significance of a life spent in the accomplishment of extreme enterprises, which may look like the selfish choice of an ambitious individual But being true to oneself whatever it takes, honest and generous as Viesturs appears from this account, is a meaningful way of life I also feel that the references to his private life at the end of the book are superfluous they are too few to de...

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