Legendary mountain guide Tejas talks new book

Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 3:45 PM AKDT
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After climbing the tallest peak on each of the seven continents more than 10 times, Vern Tejas finally got a chance to write it all down in his new book “Seventy Summits Life in the Mountains.”

"My favorite part in the book is recounting saving my bosses life on Everest," said Tejas. “It's hell when you have to save your boss's life to get a job."

Tejas co-wrote the book with Lew Freedman, a former sports editor for Anchorage Daily News.

As an athlete, Tejas came onto to the scene in the winter of 1988, when he became the first person to solo ascend Denali.

While his list of accomplishments are long, he says writing a book brought its fair share of challenges as well.

"At the same time I was writing I was still in the mountains – that’s always difficult," said Tejas. "I remember I was doing some proofs at 17,000 feet. Of course, you are starving for oxygen.”

You can find Tejas book at Barnes & Noble and