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Has anyone really summited the world’s 14 highest mountains?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 12, 2021 10:06PM
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Only 44 people have reached the summit of all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, according to the people who chronicle such things.Only 44 people have reached the summit of all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, according to the people who chronicle such things.

Or, they now say, maybe no one has.Or, they now say, maybe no one has.

The difference rides on a timeless question getting a fresh look:The difference rides on a timeless question getting a fresh look:

What Is a Summit?

By JOHN BRANCH
May 12, 2021

Ed Viesturs believes he knows. He is one of the 44, the only American on the list. In 1993, climbing alone and without supplemental oxygen or ropes, Viesturs reached the “central summit” of Shishapangma, the world’s 14th-highest mountain. Most climbers turn around there, calling it good enough.

Before him was a narrow spine of about 100 meters, a knife-edge of corniced snow with drops to oblivion on both sides. At its end was the mountain’s true summit, a few meters higher in elevation than where he stood.

Too dangerous, Viesturs told himself. He retreated.

“You can let it go, or you can’t let it go,” Viesturs said. “And I was one of those guys where if the last nail in the deck hasn’t been hammered in, it’s not done.”

Eight years later, Viesturs climbed within reach of Shishapangma’s summit again. The ridge looked doable. With a leg on each side — “à cheval” in mountaineering, French for “on horseback” — he shimmied across it. He touched the highest point of Shishapangma and scooted back to relative safety.





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Re: Has anyone really summited the world’s 14 highest mountains?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 12, 2021 10:17PM
.....some here have mounted....the Grand T*tons.......many times......



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Re: Has anyone really summited the world’s 14 highest mountains?
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Date: May 13, 2021 12:59AM




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