This was a very good book. Ed Viesturs does an excellent job on explaining all the aspects of climbing and what pushed him to climb the 14 8,000m peaks in the world. He's led a very interesting life and he doesn't shy away from anything.
There's a lot of adventure and excitment in the book, paticularly when things are going downhill. It's fast-paced, engaging and well written. There were a lot of points where I couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what happened next. I really loved it.
The only con to this book is that he jumps around a little bit at times. He'll be discussing one thing in, say, 2004 and then suddenly he's in 2001. It can be a bit disconcerting, and sometimes I had to thumb back a few pages to see where I was again.
I highly recommend it.
Ever want to know what kind of grit it takes to get to the top of some of the world's tallest peaks? Anyone interested in outdoor adventures will be captivated by the sacrifices made by this mountain climber as he strives to bag the tallest 14 mountains in the world...ie: friends frozen to death in plain sight, gutting out a makeshift living in order to live his dream, watching the death toll of his friends rise while in pursuit of thin air. It will also give you concrete proof that your gut provides sound counsel, if you will only learn to listen. Being an outdoor enthusiast myself, I totally admired his chutzpah. These high mt. peak baggers are a sub-culture all of their own and this book provides a quick peek into their world of rock, ice and sheer guts.
I got this book formMy husband, who says the stories were very interesting but this guy is not a good writer.