This is Annapurna 3 which is above 7.500m! Doesn’t seem to difficult to climb it from here, right?!?! #Himalaya #Nepal #2012
Gnarly pass, stay away!
CJ Pearson summitting Peak 11,300, Alaska
photo: Fisher Creative
Iceclimbing on the Godwin Austen Glacier with K2 in the background in Karakorum, Pakistan
photo: Robert Bosch
Stunning photo of Fissile Peak in British Columbia, Canada.
A group of alpinists making their way to the top of Aiguille Du Midi (3.842m) in the Mont Blanc massif in the french alps. Photo by Jakub Polomski
On November 18th, @Office had a chance to chat with Ed Viesturs, High Altitude Climber, Best-selling Author and Entrepreneur. Here’s a recap of the Q&A.
Office: Live Q&A time with Ed Viesturs– high altitude climber, best-selling author, entrepreneur and Office 365 user. Ed, where you at?
Ed: In Ketchum right now, working from my laptop and smartphone; but, as always, planning my next project.
Office: What are you working on right now?
Ed: Just finished my fifth book, The Mountain. And yes, it’s about Everest. But I wrote it primarily from home base.
Office: Where’s base camp for you these days? Have you ever tried working from a Himalayan peak?
Ed: I work from everywhere: hotel rooms, airplanes, the road…. My computer and smartphone are basically my office.
Office: What tools (besides an ice axe) do you use to get it done?
Ed: Word and PowerPoint are what I use most. Each of my presentations is different. I also collaborated on my latest book using Word.
Office: Are there any notable doers you look up to? Or down on… from 29,000 feet up.
Office: What sage advice would you offer fellow climbers out there - mountain or otherwise?
Ed: Enjoy what you do; you’ll be willing to take the time to make it successful. Also, being organized is very important.
Office: Besides the adventure, what do you love about your work?
Ed: I love the fact I created my job. I had to learn to become a pro mountain climber. No one else in the US was doing it at the time.
Office: How does Office 365 make your work life easier?
Ed: Having everything in the cloud lets me access files and photos I may not have with me while traveling. My home base is pretty much anywhere.
Office: If you had a mascot, what would it be?
Ed: A Jack Russell terrier. Strong and relentless. A tenacious dog that does not give up on anything. I’d say that’s me.
Office: Best work advice you’ve ever been given?
Ed: Be your word. If you make a promise, honor it. Since I work for myself, I can assure this is always the case.
Office: Besides climbing, what are some of your interests outside the virtual office?
Ed: I love running, road biking, fishing and paddle boarding. I also love to hang out with the wife and kids and BBQ.
Office: Your kids…would you ever want them to follow in your footsteps? Actually, that seems kind of challenging.
Ed: It’s up to them. I never wanted to assume that since I love climbing mountains they would too. I want them to find & follow their own path.
Office: Now, if it’s okay, we’ll ask a couple of questions that came in on Facebook and Twitter?
Ed: Sound great! Let’s #GetItDone
Office: Question from Derek V. on Facebook: What are your first thoughts when you reach the summit of an especially difficult climb?
Ed: First thought? Relief that you don’t have to go up anymore. Second thought? Satisfaction that you completed a major goal.
Office: Question from Melissa W. on Facebook: What’s the key to working well as a team?
Ed: Having a common goal and giving everyone a certain role/responsibility. #GetItDone
Office: Question from @slcoates on Twitter. Do you have anything lucky you bring with you on big climbs? Lucky penny?
Ed: I carry a little satchel with trinkets from my wife and kids. I keep it in my chest pocket at all times.
Office: Question from Madyson P. on Facebook: What is the climb down like after you’ve reached the peak?
Ed: It’s actually very difficult. This is where most accidents happen, so you always need to be on your guard
Office: Question from @AdventureGuyOtt on Twitter: The Mountain is great. Did you do much ice or rock climbing prior to mountaineering?
Ed: Glad to hear you like The Mountain. Prior to mountaineering, I learned the basics of both rock climbing and ice climbing
Office: Thanks Ed! We just Q&A’d with Ed, high-altitude climber and Office 365 user. Thanks to everyone who submitted Qs!
Ed: Take care, guys. Keep climbing and #GetItDone.