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To discover the unknown is how Ed viewed life. As a child he dreamed of becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. Alaska was the last American frontier that offered a life full of adventure, excitement, and a certain level of danger. He started flying lessons at the age of sixteen and at the age of eighteen he enlisted in the Army. There was the promise of $14,000 in approved aviation training that lured him in. To pass time by Ed took up climbing. It didn't matter what kind,rock, ice, mountain anything that would haul him up a mountain. Ed and a few of his buddies took a trip to Alaska to backpack through Mount McKinley National Park. Once off of the plane it all came back to Ed. Flying,living in the bush,on edge. This is why he joined the service to see Alaska. Ed volunteered for ski-mountaineering school in Alaska and was accepted. Military life not for Ed,he got his pilot's license the same day he was discharged.The itch to travel came on to Ed pretty quick. Off to Alaska, where all his dreams came into focus. He was now expecting his first child and was flying as much as he could. He was flying clients on sight seeing tours and any other jobs that came his way. His brother-in-law and two of his buddies decided that is was time for them to take a trip. The trip was a quick-hit trip, one that should have only taken an hour and 1/2. Instead the plane went down. They were stranded on the Hill and two of the guys were dead. Several rescue attempts were made. On the third day some local climber's began their ascent on foot. Ed and Mike waited five days before being rescued. They were in the middle of a fierce storm and Ed knew that no one was going to attempt a rescue in these type of conditions. Finally they were rescued. Ed's socks were frozen to his feet. They were now talking about amputations. It was his feet. Both of them were dead. Now the challenge to get on with life with no feet was the first of many firsts. They left Alaska to begin a new life in the States. He started drinking and became a mess. He was feeling sorry for himself.Ed took a good look in the mirror and didn't like what he saw. He had to get his life back. He wanted to fly. Ed became a full time pilot. Then his wife hit him for a divorce. Ed was devasted, he knew he had to get back to Alaska and climb the mountain that took his feet and his livelihood. After two attempts he made it to the top. Film crews were waiting and the coverage was fantastic. He appeared on TV and life was good. There was no way that Ed was going to let that mountain that took his feet take his livelihood.