He has climbed Everest five times and works occasionally as an expedition guide for Adventure Consultants, the company established by New Zealander Rob Hall - who perished on Everest in 1996 - and is now run by Guy Cotter, who was senior climber on the Vertical Limit crew.
Viesturs starred in the Imax Everest film, in which he summited Everest climbing without oxygen. Viesturs' current assignments involve working with his various sponsors, including Rolex, Jansport and Oakley. He also gives corporate motivational speeches.
Viesturs won the American Alpine Club Sowles Award in 1992 in recognition of his involvement in two rescues on K2.
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