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No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks Paperback – November 27, 2007
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No Shortcuts is a fun read because it is about more than mountain climbing, which, of course, almost none of his readers will ever attempt. But everyone has their personal Annapurna, as he says in the final pages of the book, whether battling cancer or conquering a fear. Failure, perseverance, passion, patience, risk management, teamwork, self-sacrifice for others, endurance and death are all life lessons that easily emerge from the book. His chapter on the 1996 disasters on Mount Everest when a dozen people died, including world class mountaineers Scott Fischer and Rob Hall, ads his personal perspective to Krakauer's Into Thin Air. In the last few pages Viesturs reflects upon whether his pursuit was selfish, adventure addiction, growing older and realizing he cannot climb like he could twenty years ago, feeling letdown after such a remarkable accomplishment, and how climbing has impacted his marriage. For movie versions see the IMAX film Everest (the highest grossing IMAX movie ever made) or the documentary Everest: The Death Zone.
Ed and David Roberts have given the reader a never before look into the climbing and personal life of America's icon of mountain climbing. This includes the mental methods of climbing with various partners, dealing with circumstances outside of the sphere of control, and the decisions impacting self and family.
An added surprise is Ed's opinions on epic climbs by other climbers that were highlighted in media, movies, and books. It certainly gave us reason to review our own opinions of the events.
A valued purchase with b/w photos.
Another reason I followed the mountaineers like Mr. Viesturs and Mr. Krakauer - among others - is that they convey a sense of respect and sanity about climbing these high peaks. In this new era where highly unqualified people are trying to summit peaks like Everest and ethical dilemmas more often overshadow the achievements, it is the reasoned voices of these climbers who can hopefully reverse the trend.
With that said, I was excited to see that Mr. Viesturs published "No Shortcuts To The Top". I ordered it almost as soon as it came out, and couldn't wait for the opportunity to read it.
Mr. Viesturs provides a pretty complete picture of his life to date. He nicely summarized his childhood, but fortunately kept it short to focus in on the things that drew him to climb. He does a great job of relating the sacrifices he had to make - especially financially - in order to pursue this passion. The reader gets to fully understand that climbing is not the type of "hobby" where you can just pick up from your job on a weekend and head to the hills.
More importantly - like Mr. Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" (though perhaps not as dramatically so) - Mr.Read more ›
This is one of the better books I've read about mountaineering. Viesturs talks about the dangers of climbing, and he doesn't gloss over the less-than-pretty parts: he wants you to understand that no matter what you see in the movies, climbing mountains is a serious endeavor, something you need to go into with your eyes wide-open. He tactfully handles such matters as the 1996 Everest disaster, and he is modest about his participation in several high-profile projects. He knows he's done some amazing feats, but he doesn't make you feel as if he's let it go to his head at all. If anything, his book is wonderfully conversational, making it a good read, even if you're just an armchair adventurer.
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A great book for anybody fascinated with mountaineering or mountains. An excellent elaboration of how hard work, steadfastness, intelligence and finally talent can move mountains.Published 7 days ago by Kindlereader
Fantastic book, if you're interested in climbing. It can get pretty technical and long winded when referencing gear and technique. Not a really fast paced adventure book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kennedy
Follow the author as he climbs 14 of the highest mountains on the planet. I enjoyed learning about the mountains and what it takes to climb them. Very interesting.Published 12 days ago by shadow
if you are at all interested in high altitude mountain climbing, Ed Viesturs' book is a must read. It is a well written and fascinating telling of his background and his nearly 20... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kate McKee
A well written, excting account of the author's quest to climb all fourteen of the world's highest peaks!!Published 27 days ago by John W. Blaikie
It was an interesting book from which I learned more about mountaineering but the writing left something to be desired. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeannie in SMA
I afraid of heights so have no interest in climbing even a small mountain but I find the subject fascinating for some reason. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tea lover