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Ed Viesturs and John Stetson Head for the Arctic

June 5 update: Check out the new and final dispatch below from Ed Viesturs, documenting his journey across the ice with John Stetson, and see the final batch of photos from his recently completed Arctic journey near Baffin Islanld. Viesturs, the first U.S. mountaineer to climb all of the world's 8,000 meter peaks without oxygen, and renowned Arctic explorer and dog musher John Stetson, covered 150 miles on Northern Baffin Island to prepare for an upcoming polar journey. The pair reported in live every day to GreatOutdoors.com. Listen to their latest sat phone dispatches right now, and see the images from their bold adventure!

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On Top of the World

Ed Viesturs completes his 16 ...

With his successful ascent of Annapurna on May 12, Ed Viesturs becomes the first North American to reach the top of all 14 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.

Ed Viesturs' Himalayan Quest

The record on the 8,000-meter ...

Only 14 peaks reach above 8,000 meters (about 26,000 feet). For fifteen years, since his ascent of Kangchenjunga, they have been the focus of Ed Viesturs climbing efforts.

Viesturs Returns to Annapurna

Viesturs makes a third attempt ...

Ed Viesturs announces his return for a third attempt on Annapurna this spring in his bid to become the first American to climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks.

Reflections on Everest

Ed Viesturs looks back at his ...

Ed Viesturs takes a moment to share some new photographs and reflect on his most recent ascent of Mount Everest--his sixth.

Viesturs Summits Everest a Sixth Time

In an exclusive interview with Ed Viesturs from the South Col, the climber describes his sixth successful ascent of Everest and says he will put off an attempt on Annapurna until 2005

Dispatches from Ed Viesturs


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