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Ed Viesturs stalls on climb in Himalayas

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UPDATE: Viesturs has summited Annapurna and has become first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks.

Ed Viesturs is on hold at 23,000 feet in the Himalayas on his current attempt at Annapurna. The worldâ??s 10th-highest peak is the last on the list for Viesturs’ attempt to become the first American to climb all 14 of the worldâ??s 8,000-meter peaks.

Viesturs, climbing with photographer Jimmy Chin, reached high camp Monday and had hoped to summit Tuesday.

They awoke at 1:30 a.m. Nepal time and, after conferring with a group of Italians they climbed with Monday, decided conditions were not safe for a summit attempt. In a posting on the Web site documenting the record attempt, firstandbest.msn.com, Viesturs said he hopes to get a shot at the summit today.

â??Weâ??ll stay here for a few days if we need to,â? he said. â??Itâ??s not easy hanging out here in these tiny little accommodations with ice covering everything, but weâ??ll stick it out if we need to.â?

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