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

By Ed Viesturs & David Roberts

My rating: 9/10

Date read: 2019-09-30

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Stunning biography of Ed Viesturs – the first American to climb all the world's fourteen 8000+ meter peaks. Apart from Ed's story, the book also tells a short history and philosophy of high altitude mountaineering in general – must read for anyone interested in the topic.

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It's only by nibbling away at these immense distances that you can achieve the whole.

I've learned in climbing that you don't 'conquer' anything. Mountains are not conquered and should be treated with respect and humility. If we take what the mountain gives, have patience and desire, and are prepared, then the mountains will permit us to reach their highest peaks. I believe a lot of things are like that in life.

Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.

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