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Guide Profile: Ed Viesturs
Posted on March 20, 2009


From a boy who grew up on the flatlands of Illinois, Ed Viesturs has established himself as America’s premier high-altitude mountaineer. He’s the first American and the fifth person to summit all 14 of the world’s 8000-meter peaks—all without the use of supplemental oxygen. He moved to Seattle in 1977 to study at the University of Washington and then at Washington State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He began guiding on Rainier with RMI in 1982 and has participated in 30 Himalayan expeditions since 1987.

200 summits of Mt. Rainier (14,410′)
6 summits of Mt. Everest (29,035′)
1 summit of K2 (28,250′)
1 summit of Kangchenjunga (28,169′)
1 summit of Lhotse (27,940′)
2 summits of Cho Oyu
1 summit of Makalu
1 summit of Gasherbrum II
1 summit of Gasherbrum I
1 summit of Broad Peak
1 summit of Manaslu
1 summit of Dhualagiri
1 summit of Shishapangma
1 summit of Nanga Parbat
1 summit of Annapurna

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Author: - Friday, March 20th, 2009

  1. Sparkie

    Ed, Having just arrived back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and Everest Base Camp, I’m gutted in the fact I must have passed you on the trails, or streets of Namche!!! Hopefully we can meet some other time! Best of luck up there, to you and all the members of the expedition – Mark , Ireland

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