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Ed Viesturs (born July 22, 1959) is a high-altitude mountaineer. He is the first American to have climbed all fourteen of the world's eight-thousander mountain peaks, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen. He has summited peaks of over 8,000 meters on 21 occasions, including Mount Everest seven times; only two other climbers, Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa and Juanito Oiarzabal, have more high-altitude ascents.


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


Vanessa Hudgens attends Cloud Forest Institute hosts an evening with Ed Viesturs at Writer's Boot Camp on June 7, 2016 in Santa Monica, California

from Outside Online

Outside Magazine

Outside Magazine, April 2009, Why You Need Risk - The New science of Fear and Fun (featuring mountaineer Ed Viesturs)