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High-Altitude Mountaineer to Speak at VMI

FullTextImage/img/@altEd Viesturs

LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 11, 2013 – High-altitude mountaineer Ed Viesturs will address cadets and the community in a talk Monday, Oct. 14, in Virginia Military Institute’s Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall. The talk will begin at 11:10 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 is one of five people worldwide, and the only American, to have accomplished this feat.

Viesturs will speak on his 2006 book, No Shortcuts to the Top, which narrates his conquest of those 14 summits. Before and after his remarks, copies of his latest book, The Mountain: Epic Adventures on Everest, will be available for purchase. Viesturs has reached the summit of Mt. Everest seven times.

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.

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.

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