Ok, I was so excited to read this book. It was one of those books that I waited for. In fact, I downloaded it on the day it was released. It is written by one of my big time heroes. Ed Viesturs, he is the only America climber to have summitted all of the 8000 meter mountains in the world. This is about 26,000 feet, and he did this without bottled oxygen. This guy is impressive. This book is about his climbs on Annapurna. This is one of the most deadliest mountains in the world. You do not have high odds of making it to the top without dying. He had three trips to this peak, and finally on the last trip, which was the last mountain on his endeavor 8000 in which his goal was to climb all of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks, he finally made it. He was starting to get older at this point, and he had a wife and kids. His climbing days were drawing near, so it was a great accomplishment for him. The book also talks about some of the famous climbs on this peak. I believe it was the first 26,000 foot mountain to be climbed, but it was like 20 or 30 years later before someone climbed it again. This is one of those books that I hard putting down. Every night I read late into the evening just because the story of these peaks are so interesting to me. As you go on adventures, you really understand the heart and the issues of climbing. Of course, I have never done anything close to Ed’s trips, but the spirit of the mountains is like a boyhood. There is a vibe for climbing. So yes, this is another excellent book by Ed. He is truly someone I would love to meet someday.
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