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Mountaineer, Known as One Of the U.S.'s Foremost High-Altitude Climbers

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 Ed Viesturs Biography

Ed Viesturs is Americas most active and accomplished world-class high-altitude mountain climber. Dubbed the ultimate climbing machine, has set a goal to become the first American to reach the summit of all 14 of the worlds 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. His quest, which he calls Endeavor 8000, began in 1989 with his successful ascent of the worlds third highest peak Kangchenjunga, located in remote eastern Nepal. He has now sumitted 12 of these 14 mountains. Viesturs was featured as himself in the 2000 feature film Vertical Limit, starring Chris ODonnell and Bill Paxton.

Viesturs has been a climber most of his adult life. Known for his technical skill and shrewd judgment, he became a recognized mountaineer when he won the 1992 American Alpine Club/Sowles Memorial Award. This award is conferred from time to time on mountaineers for their unselfish devotion at personal risk to themselves, or at sacrifice of a major objective, in going to the assistance of fellow climbers imperiled in the mountains. It was given to him for his involvement in two separate rescues in 1992 on K-2, the second highest mountain in the world.

Viesturs became world renowned as America's best high-altitude climber as a result of David Breashears' seminal IMAX film, Everest, and the PBS NOVA film project, Into the Death Zone. During both film projects, in 1996 and 1997 respectively, Viesturs climbed Everest on cue. As the climbing leader of the 1996 Everest IMAX Filming Expedition, which entailed the first-ever filmed ascent to the summit of Everest with a large-format IMAX camera, Viesturs put his successful Everest summits count at five, (three without supplemental oxygen) a figure still unmatched by any other non-Sherpa climber.

In the spring of 1999, Viesturs completed the ascent of Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. The expedition, which was sponsored by National Geographic, was featured as a part of the Quest for Adventure spring 2000 lecture series. Pushing the Limits, recounting the story of Viesturs demanding expedition and shared secrets of climbing and surviving at high altitudes. The three-week ascent of Manaslu, which allowed acclimatization to high-altitude conditions, was followed promptly by a rapid ascent of Dhaulagiri, taking care of number 11 and 12 on Viesturs hit list.

Adding to his long list of accomplishments, Viesturs appeared in the Sony Pictures film The Vertical Limit. Directed by Martin Campbell, the movie is about a fictional climb of K-2, and stars Bill Paxton, Chris O'Donnell, and Scott Glenn. Viesturs plays himself in the film, which was a major blockbuster for the summer 2000. In addition, he has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club, a multidisciplinary, not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific research, and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

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The Mountain: My Time on Everest

The Mountain: My Time on Everest

The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak

The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

Speaking Topics
  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Managing and Mitigating Risk Through Perseverance, Dedication, and Teamwork

    Using dramatic slides and video, Viesturs recounts his 18-year quest to conquer the 14 highest mountains in the world, drawing from the experiences relevant strategies for managing risk, motivating a team, and staying focused on core values in the business world.

  • The Will to Climb

    In his signature presentation, Viesturs shares highlights from his life as a mountaineer, and recounts attempts to summit Annapurna, the “world’s deadliest peak” and the one that defied Viesturs the longest.

  • Key points:

    1. “Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory.” Climbing a mountain has to be a round trip. You need to plan ahead and have resources to make sure you finish what you set out to do. 2. “Listen to your instincts.” Make decisions based on your experience and gut feelings. Don’t get caught up in group think. 3. “Temper your ambition in the face of overwhelming risk.” Be patient enough to wait for the right time to move forward, even if others are going ahead. 4. “Patience and persistence are keys to success but I believe that passion is the most critical ingredient.” If you are passionate with what you do, you’ll perform better, enjoy the process and be willing to take as long as it takes to succeed. 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”.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Ed Viesturs?

    Booking fees for Ed Viesturs, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ed Viesturs, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Ed Viesturs?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ed Viesturs for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ed Viesturs for your next private or corporate function.
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Mountaineer, Known as One Of the U.S.'s Foremost High-Altitude Climbers

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Ed Viesturs Biography

Ed Viesturs is Americas most active and accomplished world-class high-altitude mountain climber. Dubbed the ultimate climbing machine, has set a goal to become the first American to reach the summit of all 14 of the worlds 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. His quest, which he calls Endeavor 8000, began in 1989 with his successful ascent of the worlds third highest peak Kangchenjunga, located in remote eastern Nepal. He has now sumitted 12 of these 14 mountains. Viesturs was featured as himself in the 2000 feature film Vertical Limit, starring Chris ODonnell and Bill Paxton.

Viesturs has been a climber most of his adult life. Known for his technical skill and shrewd judgment, he became a recognized mountaineer when he won the 1992 American Alpine Club/Sowles Memorial Award. This award is conferred from time to time on mountaineers for their unselfish devotion at personal risk to themselves, or at sacrifice of a major objective, in going to the assistance of fellow climbers imperiled in the mountains. It was given to him for his involvement in two separate rescues in 1992 on K-2, the second highest mountain in the world.

Viesturs became world renowned as America's best high-altitude climber as a result of David Breashears' seminal IMAX film, Everest, and the PBS NOVA film project, Into the Death Zone. During both film projects, in 1996 and 1997 respectively, Viesturs climbed Everest on cue. As the climbing leader of the 1996 Everest IMAX Filming Expedition, which entailed the first-ever filmed ascent to the summit of Everest with a large-format IMAX camera, Viesturs put his successful Everest summits count at five, (three without supplemental oxygen) a figure still unmatched by any other non-Sherpa climber.

In the spring of 1999, Viesturs completed the ascent of Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. The expedition, which was sponsored by National Geographic, was featured as a part of the Quest for Adventure spring 2000 lecture series. Pushing the Limits, recounting the story of Viesturs demanding expedition and shared secrets of climbing and surviving at high altitudes. The three-week ascent of Manaslu, which allowed acclimatization to high-altitude conditions, was followed promptly by a rapid ascent of Dhaulagiri, taking care of number 11 and 12 on Viesturs hit list.

Adding to his long list of accomplishments, Viesturs appeared in the Sony Pictures film The Vertical Limit. Directed by Martin Campbell, the movie is about a fictional climb of K-2, and stars Bill Paxton, Chris O'Donnell, and Scott Glenn. Viesturs plays himself in the film, which was a major blockbuster for the summer 2000. In addition, he has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club, a multidisciplinary, not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific research, and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

Ed Viesturs Videos

  • Ed Viesturs: A Perspective on Everest - YouTube
  • Listen to the mountain | Ed Viesturs | TEDxRainier - YouTube

Ed Viesturs Books

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Ed Viesturs Speaking Topics

  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Managing and Mitigating Risk Through Perseverance, Dedication, and Teamwork

    Using dramatic slides and video, Viesturs recounts his 18-year quest to conquer the 14 highest mountains in the world, drawing from the experiences relevant strategies for managing risk, motivating a team, and staying focused on core values in the business world.

  • The Will to Climb

    In his signature presentation, Viesturs shares highlights from his life as a mountaineer, and recounts attempts to summit Annapurna, the “world’s deadliest peak” and the one that defied Viesturs the longest.

  • Key points:

    1. “Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory.” Climbing a mountain has to be a round trip. You need to plan ahead and have resources to make sure you finish what you set out to do. 2. “Listen to your instincts.” Make decisions based on your experience and gut feelings. Don’t get caught up in group think. 3. “Temper your ambition in the face of overwhelming risk.” Be patient enough to wait for the right time to move forward, even if others are going ahead. 4. “Patience and persistence are keys to success but I believe that passion is the most critical ingredient.” If you are passionate with what you do, you’ll perform better, enjoy the process and be willing to take as long as it takes to succeed. 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”.

FAQs on booking Ed Viesturs

  • How to book Ed Viesturs?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ed Viesturs for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ed Viesturs, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ed Viesturs or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ed Viesturs?

    Booking fees for Ed Viesturs, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ed Viesturs, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ed Viesturs?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ed Viesturs for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ed Viesturs for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ed Viesturs or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ed Viesturs or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ed Viesturs is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ed Viesturs for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Ed Viesturs generally travels from WA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Breashears, Stacy Allison, Jim Abbott, Conrad Anker and Alan Hobson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ed Viesturs for an upcoming event.

Ed Viesturs Speaker Videos

  • Ed Viesturs: A Perspective on Everest - YouTube
    Listen to the mountain | Ed Viesturs | TEDxRainier - YouTube

Ed Viesturs Speaking Topics

  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Managing and Mitigating Risk Through Perseverance, Dedication, and Teamwork

    Using dramatic slides and video, Viesturs recounts his 18-year quest to conquer the 14 highest mountains in the world, drawing from the experiences relevant strategies for managing risk, motivating a team, and staying focused on core values in the business world.

  • The Will to Climb

    In his signature presentation, Viesturs shares highlights from his life as a mountaineer, and recounts attempts to summit Annapurna, the “world’s deadliest peak” and the one that defied Viesturs the longest.

  • Key points:

    1. “Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory.” Climbing a mountain has to be a round trip. You need to plan ahead and have resources to make sure you finish what you set out to do. 2. “Listen to your instincts.” Make decisions based on your experience and gut feelings. Don’t get caught up in group think. 3. “Temper your ambition in the face of overwhelming risk.” Be patient enough to wait for the right time to move forward, even if others are going ahead. 4. “Patience and persistence are keys to success but I believe that passion is the most critical ingredient.” If you are passionate with what you do, you’ll perform better, enjoy the process and be willing to take as long as it takes to succeed. 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”.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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