Jim Whittaker, First American to Summit Everest: "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." - National Geographic ADVENTURE

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After graciously volunteering to mail us a signed copy, Whittaker answered a couple questions about Everest, risk-taking, and how to avoid taking up too much space.

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That’s right. And we still need people to challenge themselves, to push a little bit, to live on the edge. After all, if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

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But he surprised me when he asked to go with the second group. You see, he knew that I wanted the first group to use bottled oxygen to assure their success.

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I picked Ed to go up with the Chinese and the Soviets on the first team. But he surprised me when he asked to go with the second group.

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But he used it this year to keep an eye on Peter. To help him get up the mountain safely. I really appreciate that.

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Great quote by a great man. I am sure that many Americans don't have the guts to do some of the things that Jim has in his life. Kudos to a great American.

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I really take pleasure in just reading all your weblogs. Just wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work.And climbing THE EVEREST is really an awesome thing to do...We all are proud of you..

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He gave up his bid to get up the mountain first so that he could go without oxygen. He realized there was a risk there, so he went in the second group.

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