Ed Viesturs on Obsession, Commitment, Fear, and Risk

Maurice Herzog closes his seminal book Annapurna with the line “There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men;” and it remains one of the most famous mountaineering quotes of all time, perhaps second only to George Mallory’s “Because it’s there;” which was given as his reason for the pursuit of Everest. But what drives individuals to pursue high mountain …

The lovely lenticular that prevented us from summiting Mount Hood

Climbing Mount Hood in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

I’m out in Washington State for work right now, and a few weeks back me and a couple climbing acquaintances out of Portland penciled in Easter weekend to make an attempt climbing Mount Hood. Things were looking doubtful for awhile there with all the snow that was dumping throughout the Cascades, the avy conditions, and the general weather pattern, but …