Live on GreatOutdoors.com: Ed Viesturs Returns to Everest
America's best known high altitude climber goes back to Everest for the eleventh time to attempt his seventh summit
Follow all the action on Everest this season as six-time Everest summiter and famed high-altitude climber Ed Viesturs reports in day by day as he attempts the South Col route on Mount Everest. As GreatOutdoors.com Everest correspondent, Viesturs will send regular dispatches via satellite telephone as the climbers and guides of the 2009 First Ascent expedition make the trek to Mount Everest and then attempt to climb the peak via the South Col route.
Viesturs, the first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks without bottled oxygen, will be climbing with a team of noted high altitude American mountaineers. The group includes Dave Hahn, the first non Sherpa climber ever to reach the summit of the World’s highest peak 10 times, and Peter Whittaker, nephew of Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Everest, and son of Lou Whittaker, who lead an expedition to the daunting North Face of Everest.
This year marks the 11th time that Viesturs has made the journey to Everest, including the tragic year of 1997 when a storm claimed the lives of eight climbers while Viestus was part of an IMAX film crew. He has reached the top of Everest sixt separate times. With his ascent in 2007 of Annapurna, Viesturs became the only American to duplicate Reinhold Messner’s feat of climbing the highest mountains on earth, all 14 higher than 8,000 meters,
without supplemental oxygen. This year Viesturs will again attempt to climb Everest without bottled oxygen.
Stay tuned as the always compelling Everest saga begins a new chapter as the 2009 Everest season gets underway. Check back daily for updated information as GreatOutdoors.com correspondent Dave Hahn sends dispatches via satellite phone from various locations on the Mountain.