Ed Webster is an American mountaineer, writer and photographer based in Maine. He is best known for his 1988 climb of Mt. Everest, completing a first ascent of the Kangshung face on Everest’s Tibetan side, the most isolated and dangerous aspect of the mountain. With a small team of three partners, they completed their ascent with no Sherpas, no bottled oxygen, no radios and little food and equipment. Despite suffering severe frostbite to toes and fingertips (several of which he would later loose), Ed then led his team through a four-day avalanche and storm prone descent, completing what has been called “[one of] the finest examples of survival in Himalayan Mountaineering.” In 2001, Ed published an autobiography of his Everest experiences: Snow in the Kingdom, My Storm Years on Everest, widely considered one of the best volumes on Mt. Everest mountaineering.