15. Laird Hamilton
Step by step, year after year, summit after summit, never altering, Ed Viesturs has planted his flag across the top of the world. And everybody loves him. What's the deal with this guy?
"Only when guiding," says Ed Viesturs of his philosophy on using supplemental oxygen, "but never when attempting to climb a mountain for the first time." A testament to titanic lung capacity, Viesturs has etched a record on 8,000-meter peaks surpassed by no other American. Here are the highlights, along with Grateful Ed's vivid recollections:
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