No Shortcuts to the Top

  • by Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time. For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto: "Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers, as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. No Shortcuts to the Top is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and the beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

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A great story

Would you consider the audio edition of No Shortcuts to the Top to be better than the print version?

Never read the printed version


Who was your favorite character and why?

Ed Viesturs is the hero , his triumph over all the adversities makes the book a great story about human endeavour


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Annapoura summit he finally get to the top YAYYY!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I am training for Everest and go on very long walks so i completed the book it in 2 walks


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- Paul

Entertaining, inspiring and a raw account of an amazing achievement.

Everyone should listen to this. Ed proves that you don't need to be reckless to be incredible.
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- warick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-10-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape