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Ed Viesturs

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

Ed Viesturs

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

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Ketchum, ID, USA
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Ed Viesturs Biography

Ed Viesturs made a career is a professional mountaineer. He originally thought to work as a veterinarian, but after earning his degree in Veterinary Medicine his desire to climb full time changed the course of his life. Viesturs’ eventual goal was to climb all of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. This was a project that he christened Endeavor 8000. His goal, which eventually took 18 years to completed, ended 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 same year Viesturs was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. 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. In 1992 he was also awarded the American Alpine Club Sowles Awards for his participation in two rescues on K-2.

During his career, Viesturs has also made seven successful ascents of 29,028’ Mt. Everest, three of these without supplemental oxygen.

Viesturs still guides clients worldwide on climbing adventures, is an Ambassador for Rolex, and works as a design consultant for Boulder Colorado based outdoor clothing manufacturer Himali. Ed also serves as a spokesman and advocate for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), an organization that instills critical life skills in under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that help keep kids in school, reduce violence and drug use.

Viesturs resides in Ketchum Idaho with his wife Paula of 26 years, and their four children.

Ed Viesturs Speaking Topics

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Ed Viesturs Videos

  • The Summit: Ed Viesturs Keynote
    On October 21st we were joined by world-renowned climber, Ed Viesturs. Ed has summited Everest seven times and climbed all 14 peaks above 8,000...
  • Ed Viesturs: No Shortcuts to the Top
    Ed Viesturs, world-class mountaineer and author of several best-sellers, gives an inspirational keynote speech to kick off the Energy Exemplar's 2019...
  • Listen to the mountain | Ed Viesturs | TEDxRainier
    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. World class climber Ed Viesturs shares his extraordinary...

Ed Viesturs Books

  • 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

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Ed Viesturs is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Key points:, The Will to Climb and No Shortcuts to the Top: Managing and Mitigating Risk Through Perseverance, Dedication, and Teamwork. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ed Viesturs for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Ed Viesturs generally travels from Ketchum, ID, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim Davidson, Conrad Anker, Melissa Stockwell, Jim Morris and Stacy Allison. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ed Viesturs for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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