Mountaineering icon and Eddie Bauer First Ascent guide Ed Viesturs breaks down why he carries the Big Tahoma pack from 10,000 feet on Mt. Rainier.
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 on the Big One.
As the first American to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen, Ed Viesturs knows a thing or two about training for big trips. In this column Ed shares his perspective on training for the next objective.
Story and photos by Jake Norton It never seems like much until you have it on your back. I thought I had pared down my kit pretty well, bringing only what was essential to fill my belly, keep me warm, allow me to take pictures, edit them, and transmit them back home.
In 1966, Eddie Bauer outfitted the American Antarctica Mountaineering Expedition that set out to climb the major peaks on the ice-covered continent. They were successful, capturing first ascents of the six highest mountains in the Sentinel range.
On May 1, Eddie Bauer celebrated its 90th anniversary by cutting the ribbon on its newly constructed archive room. The museum-style opening included guests such as American climbing legend Jim Whittaker and First Ascent guides Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker.
Outside readers entered the Expedition of a Lifetime contest to win a five-day climbing expedition of Mt. Rainier with legendary guides Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker, plus First Ascent gear.