The Will to Climb - Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak-logo

The Will to Climb - Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak

Ed Viesturs

The bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made -- or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges. As a high school student in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, where the highest objects on the horizon were water towers, Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog's famous and grisly account of the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950. When he began his own campaign to climb the world's 14 highest peaks in the late 1980s, Viesturs looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna himself. Two failures to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His successful 2005 ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing quest. In The Will To Climb Viesturs brings the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge-of-your-seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountain's history, and of his own failed attempts and eventual success. In the process he ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual questions--questions, he believe, that we need to answer to lead our lives well. "Of all fourteen of the world's highest mountains, which I climbed between 1989 and 2005," writes Viesturs, "the one that came the closest to defeating my best efforts was Annapurna." Although it was the first 8,000-meter peak to be climbed, Annapurna is not as well known as the world's highest mountain, Everest, or second highest, K2. But as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, while not technically the most difficult of the 8,000ers, is the most daunting because it has no route--no ridge or face on any side of the mountain--that is relatively free of what climbers call "objective danger"-the threat of avalanches, above all, but also of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and

The bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made -- or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges. As a high school student in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, where the highest objects on the horizon were water towers, Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog's famous and grisly account of the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950. When he began his own campaign to climb the world's 14 highest peaks in the late 1980s, Viesturs looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna himself. Two failures to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His successful 2005 ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing quest. In The Will To Climb Viesturs brings the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge-of-your-seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountain's history, and of his own failed attempts and eventual success. In the process he ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual questions--questions, he believe, that we need to answer to lead our lives well. "Of all fourteen of the world's highest mountains, which I climbed between 1989 and 2005," writes Viesturs, "the one that came the closest to defeating my best efforts was Annapurna." Although it was the first 8,000-meter peak to be climbed, Annapurna is not as well known as the world's highest mountain, Everest, or second highest, K2. But as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, while not technically the most difficult of the 8,000ers, is the most daunting because it has no route--no ridge or face on any side of the mountain--that is relatively free of what climbers call "objective danger"-the threat of avalanches, above all, but also of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and
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The bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made -- or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges. As a high school student in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, where the highest objects on the horizon were water towers, Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog's famous and grisly account of the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950. When he began his own campaign to climb the world's 14 highest peaks in the late 1980s, Viesturs looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna himself. Two failures to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His successful 2005 ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing quest. In The Will To Climb Viesturs brings the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge-of-your-seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountain's history, and of his own failed attempts and eventual success. In the process he ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual questions--questions, he believe, that we need to answer to lead our lives well. "Of all fourteen of the world's highest mountains, which I climbed between 1989 and 2005," writes Viesturs, "the one that came the closest to defeating my best efforts was Annapurna." Although it was the first 8,000-meter peak to be climbed, Annapurna is not as well known as the world's highest mountain, Everest, or second highest, K2. But as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, while not technically the most difficult of the 8,000ers, is the most daunting because it has no route--no ridge or face on any side of the mountain--that is relatively free of what climbers call "objective danger"-the threat of avalanches, above all, but also of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Roberts, Fred Sanders

Length:

10h 44m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:43


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:52


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:22


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:57


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:52


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:11


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:43


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:40


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:39