Climbing K2: Life and Death

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ed Viesturs, the first American to climb all fourteen eight-thousand meter mountains, and one of only six to do so without oxygen, discusses his new book K2: Life & Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain (Broadway, 2009) and the climbing life.


Ed Viesturs

Comments [3]

Tommy B from upper west side - near sea level

Thank you for the wonderful interview that I can relate to having done some high altitude climbs. I went a mile+ lower than Ed. I have been to 21,900' and 23,410' without oxygen.
In response to Jon P. - high altitude mountain governments do charge registration fees to climb. These fees cover the expenses of a liaison officer and the partial cost of a potential rescue.

Dec. 17 2009 02:45 PM
Jon P. from The Garden State

Should there be a substantial fee to climb “extreme” mountains just incase you have to be rescued which will cost a lot of money and put a lot of rescuers lives in danger to try and find you?

Dec. 17 2009 11:53 AM
George from astoria

You are amazing Ed. I cant beleive you climbed all these mountains without supplemental oxygen. Truly an amazing feat.

Dec. 17 2009 10:36 AM

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