Keynote Speaker Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs

America's Foremost High-Altitude Mountaineer

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $30,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Idaho, USA

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Ed Viesturs’ Key Accomplishments Include . . .

Ed Viesturs is a professional mountaineer and has successfully reached the summits of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18 year project he christened Endeavor 8000. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna one of the world’s most treacherous peaks. He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this. That same year Viesturs was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. Viesturs has also made seven successful ascents of 29,028’ Mt. Everest, three of these without supplemental oxygen.

Viesturs still guides in the mountains, works as a design consultant for outdoor equipment manufacturer Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and is a Rolex Ambassador. Ed also serves as a spokesman and advocate for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), an organization that instills critical life skills in under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that help keep kids in school, reduce violence and drug use.

Viesturs resides in Ketchum Idaho with his wife Paula of 22 years, and their four children.

Testimonials 3

  • “Ed was inspiring, gracious, a pleasure to work with, and customized his presentation,  exceeding the expectations of our group.”

    Kois Center

  • “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 & Company, Inc.

  • “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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