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Mountaineer to Speak at VMI

FullTextImage/img/@altEd Viesturs

LEXINGTON, Va., Jan. 24, 2013 – High-altitude mountaineer Ed Viesturs will address cadets and the community in a talk Monday, Jan. 28, in Virginia Military Institute’s Cameron Hall. The talk will begin at 11:15 a.m.

In an 18-year project he called Endeavor 8000, Viesturs reached the summits of all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. He completed the project in 2005 and was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year.

Viesturs’ expeditions, and the planning, focus, and training they require, have inspired him as an author and a speaker. His themes include teamwork, leadership, goal setting, perseverance, and risk management. His most recent book, published in 2011, is The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna – the World’s Deadliest Peak. His most recent climb, also in 2011, was his 208th ascent of Mount Rainier.

Viesturs is a resident of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and holds degrees in zoology and veterinary medicine. His talk, sponsored by the H.B. Johnson, Jr. ’26 Distinguished Lecture Series, is open to the public.