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Praise for The Will to Climb "The Will to Climb captures the essence and spirit of the great sport of mountaineering... For anyone who loves the outdoors and for those who admire the will of mankind, this book is a must-read." --Tod Leiweke, CEO of Tampa Bay Lightning
"Viesturs and Roberts have written an exhaustively researched and wonderfully compelling history of the most fascinating and dangerous of the Himalayan giants." --David Breashers, veteran mountaineer and documentary filmmaker, director of IMAX film Everest "A detailed, nicely told account of a man's endurance and perseverance in achieving a singular goal." --Publishers Weekly
"The bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya."
I rank this book lower than both "No Shortcuts" and "K2" by Ed Viesturs, mainly because there is too much repetition with stories already covered in the previous books, and the somewhat unexiting, wandering writing.
Ed Viesturs is a person I really admire for his generous personality and outstanding sensibility, but he is no great writer. In this book I actually thought the writing was poorer than in both Shortcuts and K2, and the research felt more hurried. He makes up for his limitations, however, by wisely choosing to focus on Annapurna, and the abundance of drama associated with climbing that deadly mountain. I particularly enjoyed reading about the 1984 traverse by Loretan and Joos.
If you want more information about Annapurna, go ahead and buy the book, but if you are looking for a mountaineering book in general, you should consider buying Ed's previous books "No Shortcuts" or "K2", "Above the Clouds" by Anatoli Boukreev, or "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.
5.0 out of 5 starsViesturs provides a detailed complete explanation of why Annapurna is the most dangerous peak in the world
21 January 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
Great anthology of Annapurna's history. Insightful descriptions from Ed's personal experience of many of the famous and not so famous great Himalayan climbers of his era. We also provides a fantastic first hand experience of the extreme danger of getting to the top of Annapurna.
I like Ed Viesturs writing style because it is both personal and more wide -ranging at the same time. How much of this is David Roberts' co-writing is impossible to tell. This book covers the history of the attempts to climb Annapurna, including Viesturs' own attempts,, and details why it is such a dangerous mountain. I have read a lot of books on mountaineering, and I find Viesturs to be one of the least melodramatic (and also least judgmental) of them, yet I am fascinated by his accounts. If you like good adventure writing, whether you are an armchair adventurer, or someone who wants to climb, this is a good book for you.
Ed’s books are approachable and easy to understand but having read three or four at this point I’m a little worn out of his style and maybe a bit of his attitude as well. Not sure why he is starting to bother me. Lots of off topic stories that will still be interesting to folks who like mountaineering stories. Way more readable than Herzog!
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat and unique addition to mountaineering literature.
23 March 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Very well written. Much enjoyed his account of his own experiences and the history behind climbing the 8,000ers. It is not terribly technical, so if you aren't a mountaineer but enjoy reading the literature, you'll enjoy this