American Super Hero, Ed Viesturs, Towering Above Mere Mortals
SEATTLE - A Seattle man has become the first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, an 18-year adventure that culminated Thursday on the summit of Nepal’s 26,545-foot Annapurna.
Ed Viesturs, 46, who has climbed the world’s highest peak, 29,035-foot Mount Everest, six times, reached the summit along with three Italian climbers whose names were not immediately available, according to an e-mail from his wife, Paula…
A veterinarian by training, Viesturs attained all 14 summits without the use of supplemental oxygen. “I climb without bottled oxygen, even if it keeps me from reaching the summit,” he wrote on his Web site. “My personal goal is to see how I can perform, to experience the mountain as it is without reducing it to my level. For me, how I reach the top is more important than whether I do.”
And little American kids trade baseball cards? They think Barry Bonds is a hero???
Shit, Ed Viesturs climbs without oxygen in fucking outer space. Barry Bonds? Barry Bonds can't even play the outfield at sea level in California without mainlining bull sperm directly into his heart.
I'd like to see Barry Bonds play in a stadium that killed one out of every three guys who tried to round the bases.
No, really. I would. I'd be a season ticket holder for that.