ED VIESTURS is the first and only American to ascend all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen and the author of The Mountain, K2, and The Will to Climb. In addition to his collaborations with Ed Viestrus, DAVID ROBERTS is the author of more than twenty books, including Finding Everett Ruess.
"Ed Viesturs is not merely one of our strongest mountaineers; he's
also one of the most remarkable. He's demonstrated that it's
possible to climb the world's highest peaks without taking reckless
chances, and without sacrificing one's honor or integrity. He has
never hesitated to help other climbers in need, even when it meant
putting himself in danger or sacrificing his own opportunity to
achieve a summit. Ed, simply put, is a genuine American hero."
"From the drama of the peaks, to the struggle of making a living as a professional climber, to the basic how-tos of life at 26,000 feet, No Shortcuts to the Top is fascinating reading." --Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place
"Ed Viesturs--the first American to climb all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without bottled oxygen--is an animal. A human animal blessed with enormous strength balanced by intelligence, honesty, and a heart of gold. And besides, HE IS A NICE GUY. This is a great read for those of us who climb, those who want to learn to climb and live to tell about it, and those who like great adventures." --Jim Whittaker, first American to climb Mount Everest "Ed Viesturs was an inspiration to me personally and to the Seahawks team in 2005. I highly recommend reading this account of one of America's heroes." --Mike Holmgren, coach of the Seattle Seahawks