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Ed Viesturs, Author, World-Class Adventurer and High-Altitude Mountaineer
Join keynoter Ed Viesturs as he documents “Endeavor 8000” - his goal of climbing the World’s 14 peaks over 8000 meters (26,000’) without supplemental oxygen. This effort took him 18 years to complete - becoming one of only five people to accomplish this feat!
The themes interwoven within this story are team work, leadership, goal setting, overcoming obstacles, commitment, and risk management. His
accompanying images will leave you gasping for air.
1. Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory.
2. Listen to your instincts. Don’t get caught up in group think.
3. Temper your ambition in the face of overwhelming risk. Be patient.
4. Patience and persistence are keys to success, but passion is the most critical ingredient.
5. Teamwork, regardless of the industry, is the same: It is an implicit trust in, and recognition that the person next to you is No. 1.
Ketchum, Idaho resident Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He is familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary and in 2002, he was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer’s Club for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. In winning the award, he joined an elite group of climbers including Sir Edmund Hillary
Viesturs has successfully reached the summits of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18 year project he christened Endeavor 8000. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna one of the world’s most treacherous peaks. He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this. That year Viesturs was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year.