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  EverestHistory.com: Ed Viesturs


For 44-year-old climbing veteran Ed Viesturs it isn't the final goal that matters so much as the journey. Ed is arguably America's leading high-altitude climber, having summited Everest 5 times and is the only American to summit the world's six tallest peaks - without supplemental oxygen. Ed is currently working on summiting the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, again without using bottle oxygen. He has climbed 13 to date.

Growing up in the Midwest flatlands near Rockford, Illinois Viesturs wouldn't have experienced anything taller than a hillock let alone a true mountain. The child of immigrants he had his first mountaineering experience vicariously through "Annapurna," French climber Maurice Herzog's account of leading a 1950 expedition to the summit of this uncharted 8,000 meter Himalayan peak. After some basic rock-climbing in Wisconsin Ed moved on to the University of Washington where studied veterinary science and became a guide on Mount Rainier (which he summited 187 times).

The move West brought Ed close to his first summit climb -- Mount St. Helens (pre-explosion) in 1977. From there he moved on to Kanchenjunga (1989), his first 8,000-meter summit, and then to Everest itself in 1990. In 1997 He became the first non-Sherpa to summit Everest 5 times and live to tell about it.

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