SEEKING THE HIGHEST PLACES: The Quest to Climb the World's Greatest
Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country's foremost
high-altitude mountaineer, and one of the all-time "greats" in the world of
mountaineering. Familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition
documentary, Ed was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer's
Club in 2002, for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering,
along with such notables as Sir Edmund Hillary. Ed has successfully summited
all of the world's fourteen 8000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.
He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to
HIGHEST PLACES is the inspirational account of Ed's fourteen year pursuit of
all the world's peaks above 8000 meters, a goal nearing its culmination. In a
presentation tailored to fit the particular concerns of his many and varied
corporate audiences, Ed uses spectacular photographs from his 16 years of
expedition climbing as breath-taking illustration for his compelling story.
Ed makes a clear
and dramatic connection for his audiences between commitment to integrity and
superlative achievement. Totally committed to the integrity of his approach to
his goals, Ed has elected to forgo using supplemental oxygen on his climbs,
making an already extremely difficult endeavor almost beyond human
possibility. He does this not to prove anything "macho" or vainglorious, but
just the opposite: to climb without oxygen is a direct, often humbling
encounter with the true reality of these mountains. "I want to climb the
mountain under its own terms," he states. "How I climb a mountain is more
important to me than getting to the summit at all costs."
Ed's fourteen-year quest has encompassed many astounding successes within it,
each of which would be the pinnacle of life-time accomplishment for most
adventurers. But Ed shares a broader, bigger view of life and of success, with
uncommon messages of focus, passion, desire, and patience. These messages,
together with Ed's friendly, gently humorous style, make Seeking the Highest
Places a deeply inspiring, unforgettable presentation for everyone lucky
enough to experience it.
• Set Your Own
Do not be
content with normative success. Set a higher standard for yourself and
discover your own profound resources of patience, passion, and focus.
• Team Success
is Individual Success
stands on the summit, but the best, most successful teams reap tremendous
personal satisfaction for each team member when the team as a whole succeeds.
• Planning is
the Key to Achievement
To fail because
of lack of preparation is a huge waste of time, energy, money and talent.
Never jeopardize your success by failing to make a comprehensive plan.
• Integrity of
Approach is Paramount
How you achieve
your goal can be more important than what you achieve. Instead of reducing
your goal to make it "manageable" be willing to struggle with the real,
objective difficulties in your path, and reveal the best that is in you.
inspired our financial consultants to look beyond their perceived limitations,
both professionally and personally, and to think about how they can
continually raise the bar in all aspects of their life."
— Merrill Lynch
"Thank you for
making our weekend retreat a great success. Your talk was the highlight of the
retreat. You hit all the right points that we hoping for — achieving
individual growth aspirations and being a team player. I'll look forward to
following your career to complete all 14 peaks successfully and safely."
— McKinsey &
"Our group of
280 people were all current or former CEO's of mid to large size companies. A
group not easily impressed. We wanted a keynoter to open this conference of
business leaders from all over the world who would be both inspiring and
challenging. Ed Viesturs filled the bill perfectly! The fascinating
presentation by this bright, articulate world class athlete had a great impact
on the audience and got our conference off to an exciting start."
— John Durbin
Chairman, InfrastruX Group for the Chief Executives Organization
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