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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Roberts, Ed Viesturs Narrator: Ed Viestur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Otto | 2/19/2014

    " I read this book immediately after reading Krakeuer's Into Thin Air. It took me about 30-40 pages to realize that this would be a completely different kind of book-- Viesturs doesn't have the literary knack for prose and storytelling that Krakeuer is blessed with, but once I got over that, it ended up being a very worthy read. This book has certainly impacted how I intend to climb mountains, and I'm thankful that I read this before going on my first 14-er ascent late this summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Charlene Armstrong | 2/17/2014

    " While this book is inspiring, there was something about his writing style that just didn't grab me. I found myself getting annoyed with him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brycep | 2/16/2014

    " Gripping story of one man's quest to climb the 14, but also an interesting perspective on mountain madness/summit fever. Shocking to realize that nearly half of this man's friends died in the pursuit. Yet nothing can hold them back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nellie | 2/15/2014

    " if you liked "Into Thin Air" you might enjoy this one "

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