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No Shortcuts to the Top - Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

Ed Viesturs

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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 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. 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. 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 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Roberts, Stephen Hoye

Length:

12h 45m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:20


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:23


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:27


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:10


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:27


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:44


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:03


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:11


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:24


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:48


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:36


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:17


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:53


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:46


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:09


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:44


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:45


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:52


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:37


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:51


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:03


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:11


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:28


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:13


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:54


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:08


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:43


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:38


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:46


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:43


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:09


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:41


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:25


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:43


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:47


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:07


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:53


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:40


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:17


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:24


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:09


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:43


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:26


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:18


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:18


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:11


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:58


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:40


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:15


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:24


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:38


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:36


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:02


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:22


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:04


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:03


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:27


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:46


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:27


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:01


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:59


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:15


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:54


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:48


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:10


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:56


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:32


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:10


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:02


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:38


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:21


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:45


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:17


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:09


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:11


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:43


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:22


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:17


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:00


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:59


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:44


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:26


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:21


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:51


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

03:00


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:27


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:00


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:24


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:59


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:47


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

03:56


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:16


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

03:32


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

03:31


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

03:12


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:16


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:58


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

03:42


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:53


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

03:50

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