By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
In nationwide bestseller The Mountain, world-renowned climber and bestselling writer Ed Viesturs and cowriter David Roberts paint a shiny portrait of obsession, commitment, and human success in a real love letter to the world’s maximum peak.
In The Mountain, veteran world-class climber and bestselling writer Ed Viesturs—the in basic terms American to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks—trains his points of interest on Mount Everest in richly distinct debts of expeditions which are via turns own, harrowing, lethal, and inspiring.
The maximum mountain on the earth, Everest is still the final word target for severe high-altitude climbers. Viesturs has long past on 11 expeditions to Everest, spending greater than years of his lifestyles at the mountain and achieving the summit seven instances. No climber at the present time is healthier poised to survey Everest’s a number of ascents—both own and old. Viesturs sheds gentle at the destiny of Mallory and Irvine, whose 1924 disappearance simply 800 toes from the summit is still one among mountaineering’s maximum mysteries, in addition to the multiply tragic final days of Rob corridor and Scott Fischer in 1996, the stuff of which Into skinny Air used to be made.
Informed through the event of 1 who has really been there, The Mountain presents a unprecedented glimpse into that position in the world the place Heraclitus’s maxim—“Character is destiny”—is proved repeatedly.
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Extra resources for The Mountain: My Time on Everest
It’s no longer Jon’s fault that Into skinny Air used to be succeeded by means of Michael Kodas’s sour, even vengeful excessive Crimes: The destiny of Everest in an Age of Greed or via Tami Knight’s hilarious parody, Everest: the last word Hump—as good as through the media frenzy that condemned the inhumanity of a few 40 climbers who allegedly glided by a death David Sharp in 2006 with out preventing to aid or perhaps ask if he was once o.k.. It’s actual sufficient that each spring and fall these days, Everest is besieged through climbers, an excellent percent of them paying consumers. The traffic congestion at the South Col direction on a summit day in may possibly is a spectacle to behold—and a mob scene to prevent, if you’re at the mountain. On a unmarried day in 2012, could 26, no fewer than a hundred and fifty climbers received to the pinnacle. now not them all stood at the summit whilst, yet nonetheless, i will think what that collecting should have been like at its peak—a cacophony of voices in numerous languages giving orders and recommendation to one another and screaming their pleasure over two-way radios and sat telephones. In moments like that, Everest certainly is diminished to a circus. On my final Everest excursion, in 2009, I bumped into a mob scene at the South Col course, even though one no longer really so jam-packed because the crowd that thronged the mountain in 2012. Had I been hiking for merely own purposes, instead of operating for an apparatus corporation, i might most likely have circled instead of threat getting caught in a few chaotic survival drama. Everest in 2009 was once nearly the polar contrary of the adventure I had at the mountain again in 1987. It’s dismaying that this example has developed, however it could be inevitable. For the govt of Nepal, allows are a money cow. The officers within the Ministry of Tourism might infrequently care much less approximately overcrowding at the slopes in their most famed top. And who're we to inform one of many poorest international locations on this planet tips to deal with its company? My most efficient goal during this e-book, besides the fact that, is to counter the sordid comic strip of Everest as a circus for dilettantes. among 1987 and 2009, I’ve long past on 11 expeditions to the height, so I’ve obvious it improve from a country of relative innocence (if a mountain might be blameless) to the standing-room-only theater of contemporary years. but, having guided consumers on Everest 4 instances myself, I’ve obvious firsthand how aiding a reliable patron satisfy the dream of a life-time might be not just a morally admirable act, yet person who verges on ennobling. my very own Everest tales are for the main half tremendous optimistic ones. up to on Annapurna or K2, on Everest I’ve realized classes that translated fruitfully into the remainder of my existence, and i imagine i will go directly to others. As I survey the background of Everest from its first reconnaissance in 1921 in the course of the current, furthermore, I’m struck no longer by way of the follies and fiascos sprinkled via its prior, yet by means of one of the most visionary deeds within the lengthy chronicle of climbing. It’s these deeds—Unsoeld and Hornbein at the West Ridge, Messner soloing the northeast ridge with out bottled oxygen in just 3 days, the Poles in wintry weather, the Kangshung Face, and the like—that I desire to have fun right here.