Himalayan Quest: Ed Viesturs Summits All Fourteen 8000-meter Giants

Author(s): Ed Viesturs

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As told with Peter Potterfield, award-winning mountaineering journalist, Viesturs narrates his successful quest to climb the 14 highest mountains of the world, those peaks above 8,000 meters in height. Viesturs and Potterfield take readers along on some of the successes and failures of Viesturs' quest, including five separate ascents of Mount Everest (the tallest peak in the world) and the sheer triumph of the final two summits. The riveting tales of Viesturs' mountaineering adventures are illustrated by Viesturs' own stunning photographs, between 85 and 100 images, a photographic collection that is the primary focus of the book, a collection that shows like never before the deadly beauty and haunting menace of the Himalaya. Captions explain each photograph and its setting, describing both the heartbreaking tragedy Viesturs has faced and the ineffable joy he has experienced while striving at the limits of human endurance.


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"Viesturs is no ordinary climber; he's a legend in mountaineering."--"Los Angeles Times"

Ed Viesturs is America's leading high altitude mountaineer, having climbed most of the world's most challenging summits, including ascending Mount Everest five times. He holds this record with one other person. Viesturs is one of only five people anywhere to climb the highest peak on each of the 7 continents--all without supplemental oxygen. Peter Potterfield is the author of four books on the subject of mountains and wilderness, including the critically acclaimed In the Zone, and The High Himalaya.

General Fields

  • : 9781426204852
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : May 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ed Viesturs
  • : Paperback
  • : 176
  • : Climbing & mountaineering