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Ed Viesturs Reports He Did Use Supplemental Oxygen on the Ascent

By Ed Viesturs - May 20th, 2009 1:49 pm GMT -0700

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Yeah, Hi Peter, just one more item that I needed to clarify.

Hey everybody, I just wanted to let you know as well that something I didn’t mention right off the bat was I did make my ascent using supplemental oxygen. I kinda came to that decision after we had … 6000 feet, and knowing that the next day would be rather cold and windy, as a safety issue I felt it would be better to stay with the team and use supplemental oxygen. So it was more based on safety, and sticking with my group. So I kind of compromised my ascent but it still worked out well. And thankfully the oxygen kept all of us warmer during our ascent and made our climb a little bit faster. So that’s the way it goes. Sorry I forgot to mention that earlier. I did want to iterate that today as I pulled my thoughts together after the climb. So, thanks for that.

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Awesome Accomplishment !!!

You are truely an amazing athlete, and whether or not you use O2, doesn't and can never change that !!! :) In fact I can't help but to think of your appearance on the Colbert show a few yrs ago, how he joked about how you pass on O2, LOL just that skit was funny as hell !!! I think you and all that you have accomplished in this thing we call life, is utterly amazing & awesome, so honestly it's no-one's concern but your's:)+ like you stated it's like a rush hr traffic jam up there. So it doesn't effect my admiration for you in any way at all. You are a GREAT role model, and to bad there aren't more people like you!( and I'm sure the masses would agree with me here) I really appreciate you allowing me & all of us to come along on this wondurous ride :) Hope your back home with Paula & the kid's ASAP !!! :) Pix's of the summit, were beautiful...again, Thank-You Ed.

Reguards Always...

Posted on May 21, 2009 - 8:31pm
by Rebecca

Thank you, Ed!

After reading your book and holding my breath as you moved slowly through the last couple of weeks, you are so familiar now. That you put the safety of your team first by using supplemental O2 is not a surprise - your ability to read the situation and act accordingly is legendary. We respect you, your methods and accomplishments so much and appreciate having such an amazing athlete as our role model. Have a sweet reunion with your family! You're the best -- Mary

Posted on May 21, 2009 - 11:48am
by Mary VC

Supplemental O2

Your family needs you far more than the world needs one more "no supplemental O2" accent of Everest. THANK YOU for climbing the safest way possible. And thank you for being such a good role model on safe climbing, esp. when doing all 14.

Posted on May 21, 2009 - 8:46am
by Doran


You are such an amazing athlete - with or without O2, you are a role model and I am so excited for your accomplishment. I have enjoyed taking this journey with you thorugh your blog. Thank you!

Posted on May 21, 2009 - 5:42am
by E-Liz

Use of supplemental O2

You are a true professional and athlete in your sport. Looking out for the safety of the team and not the individual is the right thing to do. With Everest, there is no forgiveness for mistakes or bad calls, as you already know. Great Job to you, with or with out O2, you completed the task of getting back down safely. Me and my team at Base Camp R-400, Rapid City, SD say you are still are freaking amazing and are glad to have you back safe at BC.

Posted on May 20, 2009 - 9:55pm

good job

Congrats Ed and team back at BC IT was a gerat trip THANK YOU Bill av co. ps can't wait for your next book

Posted on May 20, 2009 - 7:18pm
by Bill

supplemental oxygen


For those of us part time explorers of the Cascades, who have followed your career, read your books and know or at least understand your love of family. I believe that none of us are any less thrilled about your current success because you used supplemental oxygen! You are the man! Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey through your reports!


Posted on May 20, 2009 - 6:53pm
by Dave

Unabashed fan mail!

Ed, you're The Man! Family first, extremely fit, goal oriented, smart, level headed, respectful, safety first...a fantastic role model. I'm glad you and your team are (almost) off the mountain safely, and that you'll be home soon. Thank you for the engaging sat phone reports. Grace and peace to you and your family.


Posted on May 20, 2009 - 2:39pm
by Chris

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