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

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

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No Shortcuts to the Top 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one book that will make you want to keep reading non stop until the end. Very well written, it has plenty of excitement and adventure to keep you locked in throughout.
fathom More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of memoirs but I did like this book. Ed Viesturs truly seems like a nice guy; I was a little surprised at how self-congratulatory he is. More then once, in the book, he gave a laundry list of his accomplishments and after a while it became a little tiresome. Because it wasn't necessary; his entire life story and history is very compelling. There was no need to pump himself up. He became fascinated and almost obsessed with high mountains as a young boy and that never left him. He is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream. It is a simple message, but obviously not so easy to achieve; "follow your dream."
DStan58DS More than 1 year ago
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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Thomas Gibson More than 1 year ago
Ed's perspective on life is a blue print that more people should follow- a must read
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Matthew Covington More than 1 year ago
it is a great book about the 14 8meter peaks awesome everyone needs to read it
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