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No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs
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Mar 26, 2008

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This book was loaned to me by a friend after we discussed both reading Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The author, Ed Viesturs played a role in the rescue of the climbers in the disaster detailed in that book, and is one of the greatest climbers of all time. This book is basically an autobiography, focusing on his climbs of the highest 14 mountains in the world (all over 8k meters).

I think that anyone who enjoyed Into Thin Air would enjoy this book. It's another account of that disaster, and Viesturs has several close calls of his own despite being extremely pragmatic about his climbing. I think that what struck me the most about the book was how dang reasonable he was, how much self-restraint he exhibited when he judged the climbs unsafe. That's probably why he's still alive and such a high percentage of his climbing contemporaries are dead.

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