"No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks"
Everest, K2, Nanga Parbat, and Nepal's Manaslu are just four of the fourteen mighty mountains that stand more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level that make up the group known as the eight-thousanders. Of the 33 climbers who made it up all of them, only one of them, Ed Viesturs, is American, and he is also one of only 15 to have done all of them without bottled oxygen. Those are astonishing numbers.
In No Shortcuts to the Top, Viesturs relives his famous climbs and opens up about the quest that took him nearly 20 years to fulfill. [$11, amazon.com]