In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking achievements of the Eddie Bauer-outfitted American Mount Everest Expedition, we asked every member of our Eddie Bauer First Ascent guide team who has reached the summit of the world’s highest peak to sum up the experience in 50 words or less. Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, just completed a 92,500-word book on Everest that comes out in October. But this is Ed’s 50-word take.
Words by Ed Viesturs
Eleven climbing seasons on Everest, two years of my life, have changed and enriched me, in positive ways. I’d be a different person without the “Everest Experience.” I’ve challenged and pushed myself beyond normal thresholds, experienced a wealth of natural beauty, and forged friendships that will endure as Everest endures.
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