Ed Viesturs is a professional mountaineer and has successfully reached
the summits of all of the world's fourteen 8000-meter peaks without
supplemental oxygen, an 18 year project he christened Endeavor 8000.
His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna
one of the world's most treacherous peaks. He is one of only a handful of
climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this. That same
year Viesturs was awarded National Geographic's Adventurer of the
Year. Viesturs has also made seven successful ascents of 29,028' Mt.
Everest, three of these without supplemental oxygen
Viesturs still guides in the mountains, works as a design consultant for
outdoor equipment manufacturer Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and is a Rolex
Ambassador. Ed serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Big
City Mountaineers (BCM), an organization that instills critical life skills
in under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that
help keep kids in school, reduce violence and drug use.
Viesturs resides in Ketchum Idaho with his wife Paula of 20 years, and
their four children.