By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
An exhilarating chronicle of the tragedy-ridden heritage of mountain climbing K2, the world's such a lot tough and unpredictable mountain, via the bestselling authors of No Shortcuts to the Top
At 28,251 toes, the world's second-tallest mountain, K2 thrusts skyward out of the Karakoram variety of northern Pakistan. Climbers regard it because the final fulfillment in mountain climbing, with strong cause. 4 occasions as lethal as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers given that 1954. In August 2008 11 climbers died in one thirty-six-hour interval on K2–the worst single-event tragedy within the mountain's heritage and the second-worst within the lengthy chronicle of climbing within the Himalaya and Karakoram levels. but summiting K2 continues to be a adored aim for climbers from all around the globe. ahead of he confronted the problem of K2 himself, Ed Viesturs, one of many world's ultimate high-altitude mountaineers, considered it as "the holy grail of mountaineering."
In K2: lifestyles and dying at the World's most deadly Mountain, Viesturs explores the amazing historical past of the mountain and of these who've tried to overcome it. whilst he probes K2's so much memorable sagas in an try and illustrate the teachings discovered through confronting the elemental questions raised by means of mountaineering–questions of possibility, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the cost of glory. Viesturs is aware the mountain firsthand. He and popular alpinist Scott Fischer climbed it in 1992 and have been approximately killed in an avalanche that despatched them sliding to just about sure dying. thankfully, Ed controlled to get right into a self-arrest place together with his ice ax and forestall either his fall and Scott' s.
Focusing on seven of the mountain's such a lot dramatic campaigns, from his personal stricken ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs and Roberts crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair tourists alike will locate unforgettably compelling. With images from Viesturs's own assortment and from historic resources, this can be the definitive account of the world's final mountain, and of the teachings that may be gleaned from suffering towards its elusive summit.
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