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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 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).
This peak is 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.

Also, for or 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. These moments all revealing the camaraderie between 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 his beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

About the Authors – Ed Viesturs and David Roberts
Ed Viesturs is the first and only American to ascend all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.
He is the author of The Mountain, K2, and The Will to Climb.

David Roberts is the author of more than twenty books, including Finding Everett Ruess, in addition to his collaborations with Ed Viestrus.
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