The Mountain: My Time on Everest

  • 353 pages
  • B00BSB2DAA
  • English
  • Hardcover
The Mountain: My Time on Everest

⫸ ✓ The Mountain: My Time on Everest free download ✓ The Mountain: My Time on Everest ✔ By Ed Viesturs ⇿ Jim Whittaker Reflects on Ed Viesturs On May 1, 1963 Jim Whittaker became the first American to stand atop Mt Everest, the planet s highest peak He later led expeditions to K2 resulting in the first American summit of the world s second highest mountain and often considered its most dangerous In 1990, he returned to Mt Everest with International Peace Climb, leading a group of mountaineers from the United States, China, and the Soviet Union to the summit a team that included an up and coming climber named Ed Viesturs For the publication of The Mountain My Time on Everest , Whittaker looks back at his time with Viesturs, as well as his nearly unparalleled high altitude abilities. Ed and I first began jumping crevasses and pulling people out of them on the glaciers of Mt Rainier in Washington State. At 14,410 feet above sea level, Mt Rainier is less than half as high as 29,035 foot Mt Everest, but it has all the snow, ice, rock, storms and altitude necessary to make it a wonderful educator for those who would climb high mountains. Although a generation apart, Ed and I both worked as guides, taking clients who had never climbed before to the summit As guides, we learned to watch our rope mates closely, because tied to us they could kill us You didn t want to climb with someone who was NOT afraid of heights Eventually, separated by almost three decades, we each reached the top of the world. On May 1, 1963, along with Sherpa Nawang Gombu, I was lucky enough to become the first American to summit Mt Everest On May 7, 1990, as a member of the Mt Everest International Peace Climb, of which I was the leader, Ed reached the highest point on earth, without the use of bottled oxygen Our team included climbers from the then Soviet Union, China, Tibet and America, joining together for a summit on the summit, demonstrating what could be achieved through diplomacy and friendship It was on this climb that I saw Ed exercise his leadership and guiding skills, along with his incredible ability to climb up and down, up and down, and up and up and up. There are just 14 mountains on earth that stick up into the Death Zone above 8,000 meters and Mt Everest, Qomolangma, Goddess Mother of the World is the highest My friend, Ed Viesturs, has climbed them all without bottled oxygen, the first and only American to do so Mt Everest he s done than once Much . Now, imagine this While breathing bottled oxygen, I was taking three to four breaths with every step on the upper slopes of Everest, literally panting for hours and hours to the top Ed has climbed the 14 highest peaks on earth, taking three to four, six to eight, 10 to 12 to 15 breaths to a step as he ascended He says, When I get to 15 breaths a step I begin to wonder if I should turn around Is there any wonder his climbing friends honor him by referring to Ed as an ANIMAL Yet Ed has retained his humility and is warm and friendly He has a good sense of humor and he is just a nice person He is unique Read his new book and his several others and see if you can figure this guy out. Jim Whittaker, October 2013 Learn about Jim Whittaker and the first successful ascent of Mt Everest in A Life on the Edge, including a new forward by Ed Viesturs.Mr Viesturs has crafted a breezy tour through his many Everest ascents Armchair adventurers will rip through this addition to the Everest canon, and for anyone not intimate with Everests adventurous history, The Mountain marks a fine beginning The Wall Street Journal Viesturs peppers the narrative with commonsense wisdom but the book s best moments come when he focuses on the unsung Everest achievements that inspire him The tale of the Polish expedition that made the first winter ascent and the badass exploits of little known Swiss climber Erhard Loretan are a welcome distraction from all the dead bodies Men s Journal Fans of adventure, mountaineering, extreme sports, and Everest history will thoroughly enjoy Viesturs s latest book Library Journal In this amiable history memoir hybrid Viesturs is a fountain of firsthand knowledge and straightforward narration, and the book makes for a good read As the only American who has summited the worlds 14 highest peaks without bottled oxygen, Viesturs has a different ruler than the rest of us by which to measure risk Publishers Weekly Unearths some interesting tidbits that may be well known to his community but new to laymen The author, who has been lauded for his compassion and assistance to other climbers, also brings an unexpected attribute attitude Kirkus Reviews This book is Eds love letter and farewell to Everest It is written in an engaging, approachable manner that will have you turning the pages just to find out what happens next Whether you routinely visit the Himalaya on your own adventures or find yourself out of wind simply going up a flight of stairs, we wholeheartedly recommend this book Kraig Becker Wegner Adventure Blog Ed Viesturs is not merely one of our strongest mountaineers hes also one of the most remarkable Hes demonstrated that its possible to climb the worlds highest peaks without taking reckless chances, and without sacrificing ones honor or integrity Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air A detailed, nicely told account of a mans endurance and perseverance in achieving a singular goal Publishers Weekly Viesturs and Roberts have written an exhaustively researched and wonderfully compelling history of the most fascinating and dangerous of the Himalayan giants David Breashears, mountaineer and director of Everest, An American master of the climbViesturs s you are there narration communicates effortlessly the enormous effort, and high adventure, of scaling K2 Publishers Weekly starred review Magic An outstanding piece of nonfiction Christopher Reich, bestselling author of Rules of Vengeance, A compelling story of dedication, desperation, danger, derring do, and devotion physical and spiritual Fans of extreme sport books, especially tales of high adventure, will want to add this one to their collections Booklist From the drama of the peaks, to the struggle of making a living as a professional climber, to the basic how tos of life at 26,000 feet, No Shortcuts to the Top is fascinating reading Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place, From his earliest climbs on the peaks of the Pacific Northwest to his final climb up the Himalayan mountain of Annapurna, Viesturs offers testimony to the sacrifices personal and professional in giving your life over to a dream, as well as the thrill of seeing it through Publishers Weekly Data Records Management Shredding Iron Iron Mountain provides solutions for records management, data backup and recovery, document secure shredding, centers Welcome to Cheyenne Zoo Visit America s only mountain zoo Named th best in the nation Hand feed giraffes budgies, experience animals up close, witness a view like no other Rocky News Bill Cowher Elimination Of Big Plays On Defense, Consistent Running Game Has Been Key For Steelers Wed, Oct , PM Elk Foundation 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