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

Ed Viesturs

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.

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.
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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

Length:

5h 54m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:29


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:26


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:44


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:55


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:26


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:52


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:02


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:22


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

01:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:45