We talk with Bainbridge Island resident Ed Viesturs about his climbing career, his new book "The Will to Climb," and the one mountain that inspired his climbing career and became his greatest challenge -- Annapurna -- the world's deadliest peak.
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.
Ed Viesturs's website