At Home at the Top of the World

On May 12, Ed Viesturs became the first American and the 12th climber in history to summit all 14 of the world’s peaks that are more than 26,000 feet high.

Quotes about Mt. Everest

Getting to the top is optional, but getting down is mandatory. A lot of people get focused on the summit and forget that. – Ed Viesters

I was in continual agony; I have never in my life been so tired as on the summit of Everest that day. I just sat and sat there, oblivious to everything…. – Reinhold Messner, 1980

Oh, the absolute lethargy of 24,600′. You want to pee, and you lie there for a quarter of an hour making up your mind to look for the pee bottle. – Chris Bonnington, 1975

And my favorite, not sure who said it –

You don’t conquer Everest, you sort of sneak up it, then get the Hell down.