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Ed Viesturs on Risk and Decision

As outdoor adventurers, we often converse with the little angels and devils on our shoulders when tough environmental or team conditions conflict with our goals. Recently in “The Wrong Stuff” on Slate.com, Ed Viesturs discusses risk, climbing, and difficult decisions with humility and poise. Check it out. Into Thin Error: Mountaineer Ed Viesturs on Making Mistakes
Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 11:11 AM | By Kathryn Schulz There’s a select number of places on earth where you really, really don’t want to make a mistake. High on the list, in every sense, are the planet’s tallest mountains: the 14 peaks in the world that are more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest mountaineers, Ed Viesturs is one of fewer than 20 people and the only American to have climbed all of those peaks—and one of only five to have climbed them without supplemental oxygen. Nonclimbers probably know him best as the star of the 1996 IMAX movie about Mount Everest, which he has climbed seven times. I sought Viesturs out because I was curious about the kind of attitude you develop toward error when a single mistake can easily cost you your life. I … Continue reading

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