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Mountaineer Ed Viesturs speaks via radio to climbers stuck in a storm on Mount Everest in 1996. Photograph by Robert Schauer - This Day in History: May 10, 1996: Death on Mount Everest

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Perhaps the best shot ever taken of mountaineers on K2. These are legendary American mountaineers Ed Viesteurs and Scott Fischer on the deadly traverse on K2 just above the Bottleneck. This part is the crux of the climb! Photo taken by Charley Mace during their climb in 1992.

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” – Ed Viesturs

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How Mountaineer Ed Viesturs First Summited Everest Without Oxygen

Fascinating article: "How Mountaineer Ed Viesturs First Summited Everest Without Oxygen" -- Ed Viesturs, as told to Alex Hoyt via The Atlantic

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The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--The World's Deadliest Peak by Ed Viesturs

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks eBook: Ed Viesturs, David Roberts: Books

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Ed Viesturs describes his climbing experiences on Annapurna. He is the first American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's eight-thousander mountain peaks including the summit of Mt. Everest 7xs without the use of supplemental Oxygen.

Ed Viesturs, portrayed by Clive Standen in the 2015 Mount Everest movie. See more pics here:

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