Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs

Program Themes

His themes include Team Work, Goal Setting, Perseverance, and inspirational entertainment in general.

His lectures are based on his experiences from 27 years of climbing and include a power point...

His themes include Team Work, Goal Setting, Perseverance, and inspirational entertainment in general.

His lectures are based on his experiences from 27 years of climbing and include a power point presentation with dramatic expedition photos.

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NO SHORTCUTS TO THE TOP

Viesturs lecture discusses (and documents) his primary goal of climbing the World’s 14 peaks over 8000 meters (26,000’ and above) without supplemental oxygen-a project he titled Endeavor 8000. This...

Viesturs lecture discusses (and documents) his primary goal of climbing the World’s 14 peaks over 8000 meters (26,000’ and above) without supplemental oxygen-a project he titled Endeavor 8000. This effort took him 18 years to complete and in doing so became the only American and one of five people to accomplish this feat. The themes interwoven within this story are team work, leadership, goal setting, overcoming obstacles, commitment and risk management. His images showcase these efforts and complement the talk.

Key points-
1."Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory". Climbing a mountain has to be a round trip. You need to plan ahead and have resources to make sure you finish what you set out to do.
2."Listen to your instincts". Make decisions based on your experience and gut feelings. Don't get caught up in group think.
3. "Temper your ambition in the face of overwhelming risk". Be patient enough to wait for the right time to move forward, even if others are going ahead. My motto has always been “The mountain decides whether you climb or not. The art of mountaineering is knowing when to go, when to stay, and when to retreat.”
4. "Patience and persistence are keys to success but I believe that passion is the most critical ingredient". If you are passionate with what you do, you'll perform better, enjoy the process and be willing to take as long as it takes to succeed.
5. “Teamwork, regardless of the industry, is the same: It is an implicit trust in, and recognition that the person next to you is No. 1”.

Typical length 45 minutes plus time for Q&A.

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Everest Imax Expedition 1996 -Mountain Without Mercy

Viesturs lecture documents his roll in the 1996 Everest Imax expedition as climbing leader and featured character in what became the largest grossing Imax film in history.

This was Viesturs’ eighth...

Viesturs lecture documents his roll in the 1996 Everest Imax expedition as climbing leader and featured character in what became the largest grossing Imax film in history.
This was Viesturs’ eighth expedition to Mt Everest and his fourth successful summit of the mountain. The main challenge of this project was to get a 40 pound Imax camera to the summit-something people had deemed impossible. He and his team spent three months filming and climbing, and near the end of this fateful season, were present during the tragedy that killed eight people high on Everest when a storm overwhelmed them. Although his team was not directly involved, they provided supplies and manpower to save lives after the deadly events of May 10, which were also well documented in Jon Krakauer’s best seller INTO THIN AIR. Viesturs and his team eventually succeeded in their mission, despite many difficult obstacles and challenges. Team work, having a common goal, a flexible plan and trusting their own instincts were essential ingredients for their success.

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Ed Viesturs travels from Bainbridge Island, WA and requires First class for 1

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