‘He is the first American to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s eight-thousander mountain peaks, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen.’
— Ed Viesturs – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
‘You’re getting above twenty-eight thousands feet. You’re going slower, and slower, and slower. And each step gets harder, and harder and harder. And even though your head’s aching, your lung’s screaming, your legs are tired, you have to say, ‘Yeah, this is pretty cool stuff!’
‘I didn’t want to go up there and hide behind the mask. I wanted to experience the environment. I wanted to stick my nose into it. And rather than reducing the mountains to my level, I wanted to try to climb them at their level.
‘Push yourself beyond what you think you can do.’