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Sensible risk taking

4/15/2006 02:25:00 PM, posted by anand

Paul Kedrosky quotes a NY Times story on Ed Viesturs (The first American to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000 meter peaks without oxygen) on his rational approach to risk taking while climbing.
He is known for his equipoise and sensible approach to dangerous undertakings. In 1988, on his first attempt on the 29,035-foot Everest, Viesturs turned around 300 feet from the crest. On the 26,289-foot Shishapangma, he stopped 20 feet from the top. He is nothing if not courageous, and sometimes the greatest courage is to turn around from a fight you may not win.

Sometimes turning back is more courageous than to keep going.
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