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

Written by:
Ed Viesturs , David Roberts
Narrated by:
Stephen Hoye

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
21
Narrator
1
Release Date
November 2006
Duration
12 hours 40 minutes
Summary
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.

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.

No Shortcuts to the Top 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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A very interesting book that's nearly ruined by being read in a languid, melodramatic style with a fluctuating pace. Viesturs has a lot of valuable information about the mindset and practices of an elite mountaineer, while Hoye sounds terribly bored and a little inebriated.

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