Team Member Biography
Ed Viesturs
Photo: Ed Viesturs
Photograph by Jake Norton

From a boy who grew up on the flatlands of Illinois, Ed Viesturs has established himself as America’s premier high-altitude mountaineer. He’s the first American and the fifth person to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter (26,250-foot) peaks—all without the use of supplemental oxygen. He moved to Seattle in 1977 to study at the University of Washington and then at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine. Viesturs began guiding on Mount Rainier with Rainier Mountaineering, Inc., in 1982 and has participated in 30 Himalayan expeditions since 1987.

Climbing Highlights

  • 200 summits of Rainier (14,410 feet/4,392 meters)
  • 6 summits of Everest (29,035 feet/8,850 meters)
  • 1 summit of K2 (28,250 feet/8,611 meters)
  • 1 summit of Kangchenjunga (28,169 feet/8,586 meters)
  • 1 summit of Lhotse (27,940 feet/8,516 meters)
  • 2 summits of Cho Oyu
  • 1 summit of Makalu
  • 1 summit of Gasherbrum II
  • 1 summit of Gasherbrum I
  • 1 summit of Broad Peak
  • 1 summit of Manaslu
  • 1 summit of Dhaulagiri
  • 1 summit of Shishapangma
  • 1 summit of Nanga Parbat
  • 1 summit of Annapurna


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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