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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ed Viesturs  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1959 in Rockford, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

He was born in Rockford, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Viesturs is a professional mountaineer, design consultant, and motivational speaker. He is the design consultant for Mountain Hardwear, Timberland, and Outdoor Research.In May 2005, Viesturs became the first American to ascend all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. He currently lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.


Published Works

  • Himalayan Quest: Ed Viesturs on the 8,000-Meter Giants, National Geographic, 2003 - written with Peter Potterfield
  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks, Broadway Books, 2006 - written with David Roberts
  • K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Broadway Books, 2009 - written with David Roberts


Selected Titles At Your Library

Himalayan quest /
ISBN: 0792241657. OCLC Number:

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America's leading high-altitude mountaineer describes his quest to climb fourteen of the highest mountains in the world, in a richly illustrated volume that includes his accounts of his twelve successful expeditions.

No shortcuts to the top :
ISBN: 0767924711. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. [2007], ©2006.

For eighteen years Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. As he recounts his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A 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 has an unyielding motto, "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy in mind 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.--From publisher description.

K2 :
ISBN: 0767932501. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. ©2009.

At 28,251 feet, the world's second-tallest mountain, K2 thrusts skyward out of the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan. Climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering, with good reason. Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers since 1954. In August 2008 eleven climbers died in a single thirty-six-hour period on K2-the worst single-event tragedy in the mountain's history and the second-worst in the long chronicle of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Yet summiting K2 remains a cherished goal for climbers from all over the globe.


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