The Will to Climb – Ed Viesturs with David Roberts

The Will to Climb - Ed Viesturs and David RobertsPublished: 2011
Reading style: easy
Images: 8 pages, colour

What the publisher says:

The bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world’s tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalayas, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made–or attempted–the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life’s greatest challenges.

As a high school student in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, where the highest objects on the horizon were water towers, Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog’s famous and grisly account of the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950. When Viesturs began his own campaign to climb the world’s fourteen highest peaks in the late 1980s, he looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna. Two failures to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His successful 2005 ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing quest.

In The Will to Climb, Viesturs brings the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge-of-your-seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountain’s history, and of his own failed attempts and eventual success. In the process he ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual questions —questions, he believes, that we need to answer to lead our lives as well.

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