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GreatOutdoors - Ed Viesturs: Summit watch!
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Apr 26, 2005 09: 55 EST
"Hi everyone, it's about 6pm the evening of April 21st and, uh, unfortunately, we did not climb to the summit today," dispatched Ed this afternoon to GreatOutdoors.com.

Too windy and too cold, through the entire summit push night. In the morning though the weather changed into a beautiful day: "This is local mountain weather so we're raring to go once again, we have the alarm set for midnight, hope to be out of the door here and climbing by 1:30 or 2:00."

One more day, and perhaps one more summit for Ed - his third on Cho Oyu if all goes well. But the Cho Oyu climb is secondary to Ed's real goal this season - Annapurna: "It has taken me 16 years to get to this point and it will be so rewarding to finish. At the same time, this has also been a huge part of my life for these last 16 years and when it's done, there will be something missing," he told ExplorersWeb in an earlier interview.

Ed Viesturs 45, lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington with Wife Paula, son Gilbert (7), and daughters Ella (4), and Anabel (5 months). He has summited 13 of the 14 8000ers, all without oxygen. Only Annapurna remains. He has six ascents of Everest, 3 times without supplementary oxygen, and Cho Oyu twice.

Last year, Ed summited Everest for the sixth time together with Veikka Gustafsson, David Breashears, Robert Schauer, Jimmy Chin, Amy Bullard and seven climbing Sherpa's. Ed was co-expedition leader (with David Breashears) of an Everest film project for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures.

This year, Ed and Veikka share route and climbing permit on Annapurna with Iñaki Ochoa, Nives Meroi, Romano Benet, Luca Vuerich, and German Peter Guggemos who will attempt Annapurna’s north side after Dhaulagiri. The climbers might be working together on the mountain if all reach BC simultaneously, which might not be an easy feat.

Ed and Veikka will drive back from Cho Oyu (Tibet) to Kathmandu, and then get a helicopter there to fly out to Annapurna BC in Nepal. The climbers did the Annapurna trek in 2000 - this year they need to maintain their Cho Oyu acclimatization and for that reason, they will fly to Anna BC, instead of walking there.

Image courtesy of edviesturs.com.
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