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No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    Ed is the human animal of this book. I say that because of all the amazing things he does throughoutit. I wont go to far into detail because i dont want to give to much away but i will say that the man can climb any mountain without and oxygen tank! He has overcome every mountain possible while saving friends and fellow climbers in the process. It is amazing to hear his story. It honestly makes me look at life a bit different. It tells and shows that you should to what you love and never look back. My favorite part of the book is when he puts his own life in the hands of death to save a friend from a life taking fall. this thriller will keep you reading to the end, so read this book and i promise you wont be disapionted.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    An Inspriational Biography

    This is an excellent and exciting biography. In fact it is the best biography I have ever read. I do not know a lot about how to climb mountains, but I learned how it is done in this book. Mr. Viesturs is a man determined to climb the world's 14 highest mountains without using bottled oxygen. He climbed Everest 6 times. He is a careful man, who admires the mountains he climbs, appreciates their beauty, yet knows how quickly you can die. His wife, Paula, is an amazing person who always supported him on his quest. With his determination, his family's support, the people he befriends during his journey, I found this an inspirational story that everyone would enjoy. You don't have to be a real mountain climber to understand his book. It is exciting, full of adventure, and he is such a kind, caring man who pursues his dream to the end. It inspired me to the very last page. I loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Tremendous Book

    I'm sixty years old and I've been climbing mountains for most of those years although nothing quite so challenging as those that Ed Viesters climbs. I've read a lot of books on mountaineering but none quite so enthralling as this one. It was nice to get his take on the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. This book has me all charged up to start training and get climbing.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Excellent stuff- Climb along with Ed.

    Once again, for fans (armchair & otherwise) of mountaineering literature, Viesturs & Roberts have put together a fine book. Too often, when writing about the high mountains, authors fall into prose too philosophical and mystical for me. These two, however, tell the stories of the mountains without the detours into the spiritual/what's-the-meaning-of-it-all style that mars many mountaineering books. You will still be awed at the spirit and strength of the men and women who climb. You'll still be inspired by the beauty of 26,000+ foot peaks. If you have read other books by Viesturs & Roberts, you may find that you're re-reading stories they have told in other books, but in the context of this book, you won't mind revisiting those old stories. Pull on your expedition weight long johns, get cozy, and climb along with Ed.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Profoundly motivational

    Ed's perspective on life is a blue print that more people should follow- a must read

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    the best

    it is a great book about the 14 8meter peaks awesome everyone needs to read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A TRUE Climber!

    A wonderful book about a man who understands how to balance his own personal goals with the dangers that come in climbing an 8,000 meter mountain. After the fall out and questionable comments and actions from many of today's climbers about the unfortunate death of David Sharp, it was nice to read a story about some who is not only an elite climber and has set records for summitting the highest mountains in the world but also how Ed has also set aside personal accomplishments to save MULTIPLE peoples lives and doing this during HIS own summit climbs. It is nice to see not only financial but also public success for Ed after his long and ardous task of making a living as a climber. A decent man, whom I've never met but have read about in other climbing books and seen in videos, it was nice to read more about this genuine individual. An enjoyable read and one to pass on to young climbers on how to act while climbing a mountain.

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