Update: Reliable sources report to EverestNews.com that Ed has turned around
on his Cho Oyu attempt to help another climber down. They are back at ABC and
ok. Next up Annapurna, an an attempt to finish the 14.
Familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition
documentary, Ed was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer's
Club in 2002, for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering,
along with such notables as Sir Edmund Hillary. Ed has successfully summited
thirteen of the world's fourteen 8000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.
He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to
HIGHEST PLACES is the inspirational account of Ed's fourteen year pursuit of
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Ed makes a clear
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superlative achievement. Totally committed to the integrity of his approach to
his goals, Ed has elected to forgo using supplemental oxygen on his climbs,
making an already extremely difficult endeavor almost beyond human
possibility. He does this not to prove anything "macho" or vainglorious, but
just the opposite: to climb without oxygen is a direct, often humbling
encounter with the true reality of these mountains. "I want to climb the
mountain under its own terms," he states. "How I climb a mountain is more
important to me than getting to the summit at all costs."
Ed's fourteen-year quest has encompassed many astounding successes within it,
each of which would be the pinnacle of life-time accomplishment for most
adventurers. But Ed shares a broader, bigger view of life and of success, with
uncommon messages of focus, passion, desire, and patience. These messages,
together with Ed's friendly, gently humorous style, make Seeking the Highest
Places a deeply inspiring, unforgettable presentation for everyone lucky
enough to experience it.
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