By Ed Viesturs
The bestselling writer of No Shortcuts to the head and K2 chronicles his 3 makes an attempt to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest top, Annapurna within the Himalaya, whereas exploring the dramatic and tragic historical past of others who've made -- or tried – the ascent, and what those exploits train us approximately dealing with life's maximum challenges.
As a highschool scholar within the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, the place the top items at the horizon have been water towers, Ed Viesturs learn and used to be captivated by way of the French climber Maurice Herzog's recognized and grisly account of the 1st ascent of Annapurna in 1950. whilst he begun his personal crusade to climb the world's 14 maximum peaks within the past due Eighties, Viesturs regarded ahead with trepidation to project Annapurna himself. disasters to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His profitable 2005 ascent was once the victorious capstone of his mountaineering quest. In The Will To Climb Viesturs brings the intense demanding situations of Annapurna to shiny existence via edge-of-your-seat bills of the best climbs within the mountain’s background, and of his personal failed makes an attempt and eventual success. within the procedure he ponders what Annapurna finds approximately a few of our such a lot basic ethical and religious questions--questions, he think, that we have to solution to steer our lives well.
"Of all fourteen of the world's maximum mountains, which I climbed among 1989 and 2005," writes Viesturs, "the one who got here the nearest to defeating my most sensible efforts was once Annapurna.” even though it was once the 1st 8,000-meter top to be climbed, Annapurna isn't really to boot referred to as the world's optimum mountain, Everest, or moment maximum, K2. yet as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, whereas now not technically the main tough of the 8,000ers, is the main daunting since it has no route--no ridge or face on any part of the mountain--that is comparatively freed from what climbers name "objective danger"—the chance of avalanches, notably, but additionally of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and crevasses. considering that its first ascent in 1950, Annapurna has been climbed through greater than one hundred thirty humans, yet fifty three have died attempting. This excessive fatality price makes Annapurna the main harmful of the 8,000-meter peaks.
Viesturs and co-author David Roberts chronicle Ed's 3 makes an attempt to climb Annapurna, in addition to the makes an attempt of others, from the 2 French climbers who made the landmark first ascent of Annapurna on June three, 1950, during the bold and tragic campaigns of such world-class mountaineers as Reinhold Messner and Anatoli Boukreev. Viesturs's money owed and analyses of those awesome adventures function some degree of departure for his exploration of subject matters vividly illustrated by way of Annapurna expeditions, together with obsession and dedication, worry and success, failure and triumph--issues which have been ignored within the in a different way very wealthy literature of hiking, and that could tell the lives and activities of all people.