Based on his numerous trips to nepal and indepth interviews he conducted with the survivors, the families of the lost climbers, and the sherpa guides whose heroic. In my opinion, it does for k2 what harrers book, the white spider, does for the eiger nordwand. The memorial at base camp to all k2s dead is named after him. The endless knot k2 mountain of dreams and destiny epub. The extraordinary story of the sherpa climbers on k2. No way down graham bowley on the k2 mountaineering disaster. In telling this story it also examines the human spirit and drive to conquer the unconquerable. But clearly there was no major storm, like those that precipitated the massive losses of life on everest in 1996 and on k2 in 1986 and 1995. Dont be fooled by disaster porn march 5, 2014 opinion and advice commercial mountaineering. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world after everest at 28, 251 feet, and is. In the summer of 2008, teams from all over the world gathered to attempt to climb the most challenging peak on the planet. Wanda rutkiewicz became the first woman to reach its summit, but people also died on the mountain.
Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. I would definitely recommend it as this is the best book on the k2 disaster that i have read. Real everest tragedy more horrifying than film shows the sun. The epic saga of the first ascent, draws on those interviews, as well as newly released diaries and letters, to take us inside the obsessions, feuds, and acts. Dec 19, 2015 the missing climbers include a team from korea, a norwegian, a serb, frenchman, and several nepali and pakistani guides and highaltitude porters. He shares what happened during the disaster in frank detail. Although the subtitle refers to k2 as the worlds most dangerous mountain, the subtitle of a more recent viesturs book calls annapurna the worlds deadliest peak. For climbers, it is extremely challengingover one threeyear period, 15 expeditions attacked k2 without putting a single climber on its summit. Ed viesturs is one of the top high altitude climbers in the world. Stephen venables, alpine journal acclaimed as one of the most powerful accounts of mountain adventure and tragedy ever written, the endless knot is a harrowing account of the 1986 k2 disaster. The 1986 k2 disaster begins in august 1986, british climber alan rouse attempted to climb k2s difficult northwest ridge, instead of the conventional abruzzi ridge.
Life and death on the worlds most dangerous mountain amazon. I had no idea she had had such a hard time until i got back, alberto said. The other prominent causes of death in the k2 mountain expedition are altitude sickness, fall and compartment syndrome. The other noticeable disasters are the 1986 k2 disaster which left five mountaineers dead from 6 august to 10 august 1986 ad, and 1995 k2 disaster in which six deaths were reported in a storm. Eight other climbers were killed in the weeks preceding, bringing the total number of deaths that climbing season to. The summit documentary tells of disaster on k2 sister rose. The book goes all over k2 history, starting in chapter one with the disaster in. Chris bonington and jim curran trace the history of k2 expeditions from 1903 to 1986.
A lot of these books are about similar events, the 1996 everest disaster, and the august 2008 k2 disaster. Life and death on the worlds most dangerous mountain ebook written by ed viesturs, david roberts. In 2004, the spanish climber carlos soria fontan became the oldest person ever to summit k2, at the age of 65. Joe simpson and his climbing partner, simon yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000ft peak in the andes when disaster struck. Before the 1996 everest disaster made that mountain synonymous with. It is one of the most unrelenting and testing of the worlds 8000metre peaks. Thats five more than died in the 1996 killer storm on everest. Before the 1996 everest disaster made that mountain synonymous with tragedy at 8,000 meters, there was k2. He discuses events from his own experienced viewpoint, and the book is considerably more levelheaded than most k2 writers. Wilcos account does speak to the immense physical and. The endless knot by kurt diemberger overdrive rakuten. Life and death on the worlds most dangerous mountain by. Author graham bowley tells the stories of the hikers who braved the summit of k2 and faced one of the worst mountaineering disasters in history, the basis for his book, no way down.
The summit of k2 was first reached by two italians, lino lacedelli and achille compagnoni, on 31 july, 1954. In august 1986, british climber alan rouse attempted to climb k2s difficult northwest ridge, instead of the conventional abruzzi ridge. Austrian mountaineer kurt diemberger is a member of an. Aside from being a great account of the tragic 1986 season at k2, currans book has the quality of masterfully weaving the authors sense of humor with his deeply felt emotions about. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611m or 28,251ft. Jun 06, 2019 so, for todays post, were going to see 35 of the best books about mount everest, k2, and the himalayas. An older book, but by a very respected climber, longstanding in the uk climbing scene is the late jim currans k2 triumph and tragedy. Triumph and tragedy is a solid account of the disastrous 1986 climbing season on k2, the worlds second highest mountain. It was first conquered by lino lacedelli and achille compagnoni, part of an italian expedition, on 31 july 1954. On august 4 1986 alan rouse and julie tullis reached the summit but never returned. If you have time to only read one book, read that one. In this book, curran traces the history of primary ascents and attempted ascents on the mountain of mountains. In 1995, six climbers died during a single day on k2, including american rob slater. After a brief chapter of trekking to base camp, we jump right into camp iv and summit day.
Truth of everest tragedy is even more horrifying than film shows. Fresh new and contemporary k2 221 things you did not. Alan rouse becomes the first briton to conquer k2, on 4 august. Thirteen people died while climbing k2 during the summer of 1986 and the author. However, over the decades, the mountain has been a backdrop of multiple catastrophes, namely the 1986 k2 disaster when five climbers died in a single event over the season, the 1995 k2 disaster when a further six died eight in the season and most recently, the 2008 k2 disaster when a staggering 11 mountaineers lost their lives in a. One mountain thousand summits reveals the true story of the k2 tragedy that claimed the lives of eleven men. The 1986 k2 disaster refers to a period from 6 august to 10 august 1986, when five mountaineers died on k2 in the karakoram during a severe storm. It is located on the chinapakistan border between baltistan in the gilgitbaltistan region of northern pakistan, and the taxkorgan tajik autonomous county of xinjiang, china. Notably, climbers from several expeditions died in 1986 in the 1986 k2 disaster, five of these in a severe storm. Aug 30, 2008 k2, the worlds second highest peak, has taken more than 70 lives 11 of them on one day last month. Sep 24, 2008 a few false moves in early august, after 11 climbers died on the worlds secondhighest peak, people wanted to know. Until this month, the deadliest disaster on the mountain took place in 1986. Kurt diembeerger brings us a harrowing firsthand account of the 1986 k2 disaster. In 2008, 11 climbers were killed on the himalayan mountain k2 after an avalanche swept away their ropes.
The classic true story of disaster and survival on the worlds secondhighest mountain. K2 was definitely book about a series of epic disasters on k2 in the summer of. The following is a list of books about k2, a mountain in the karakorum range between pakistan and china, listed by expedition date. Thirteen climbers from several expeditions died in the 1986 k2 disaster. Life and death on the worlds most dangerous mountain.
Click download or read online button to get k2 book now. Jul 07, 2010 author graham bowley tells the stories of the hikers who braved the summit of k2 and faced one of the worst mountaineering disasters in history, the basis for his book, no way down. One of the main reasons for this interest is the fact that it inspired arguably the best mountaineering book in terms of narration, into thin. More technical in most routes than everest, the worlds secondhighest peak is considered the ultimate achievement by many mountaineers. A 1986 expedition led by george wallerstein made an inaccurate measurement incorrectly showing that k2 was taller than mount everest, and therefore the tallest mountain in the world. A monumental book i defy anyone to read it and remain unmoved. In 1986, two polish expeditions summitted via two new routes, the magic line and the polish line jerzy kukuczka and tadeusz piotrowski. Remarkably, eighteen climbers made history by reaching the summit. In the tradition of into thin air and touching the void, no way down by new york times reporter graham bowley is the harrowing account of the worst mountain climbing disaster on k2, second to everest in height. Below is an archive of outside stories spanning more than two decades, filed. Yet only one book chronicling the k2 disaster was published in the united kingdom or the united statesjim currans k2. Polish climber wanda rutkiewicz became the first woman to reach. The summit of k2 was first reached by two italians, lino. Jim currans book tells the story of the deadly summer of 1986 on k2.
Triumph and tragedy and millions of other books are available for. I have since read one mountain thousand summits, which i find to be a more detailed and accurate portrayal of the 2008 k2 disaster. Oct 10, 20 the summit is about an even bigger disaster but it happened on k2, also called savage mountain. I have read every book and account concerning this incident and feel this one deserves 4 out of 5 stars. Her anxiety at the time of the k2 disaster was entirely understandable.
By nimish dubey few events have generated as much interest albeit morbid as the 1996 disaster on mount everest when several climbers perished in an attempt to make the summit. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, at 8611 metres only a couple of hundred metres lower than everest. K2, at 8,611 metres 28,251 ft above sea level, is the second highest mountain in the world, after mount everest at 8,848 metres 29,029 ft. In 1986 k2 claimed the lives of climbers in nine different parties attempting its summit. Last years k2 disaster is offered as viesturss first teachable moment. This experience forged the fundamental ideas about climbing, and life, that frame his book. Kurt diemberger is an austrian mountaineer and author of several books. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read k2. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. It covers the 1986 k2 disaster which saw the death of the. Known for surviving the 1986 k2 disaster an account described in harrowing detail in his awardwinning book the endless knot diemberger provides a captivating insight into his earlier climbs in summits and secrets. Piotrowski fell to his death as the two were descending.
K2, also known as the savage mountain, is the secondhighest mountain on earth and is regarded by many as the worlds most difficult peak to climb. The account of one of the deadliest and most mysterious tragedies in mountaineering historythe 2008 k2 disaster. Across the world, there was a backlash against the values of modern mountaineering. Alan paul rouse 19 december 1951 10 august 1986 was the first british climber to reach the summit of the second highest mountain in the world, k2, but died on the descent. Graham bowley on the k2 mountaineering disaster youtube. Jun 01, 2011 viesturs focuses his writing on the most significant climbs on k2, namely the 1938, 1939, and 1953 american expeditions, the 1954 italian ascent, the 1986 freeforall, and the 2008 disaster. Eight other climbers were killed in the weeks preceding, bringing the total number of deaths to. He is the only living person who has made the first. K2 deaths, k2 death rate, 2008 k2 disaster, 1986 k2 disaster. Another six mountaineers died on august 1995, while eleven climbers died in the 2008 k2 disaster. Ive read a few of these and have a bunch saved on scribd to read hopefully this summer. A corrected measurement was made in 1987, but by then the claim that k2 was the tallest mountain in the world had already made it into many news reports and reference works.
In the chaotic summer of 1986, thirteen climbers died on k2, including several who were among the finest alpinists in the world. More recently, on august 1, 2008, a group of climbers went missing after a large piece of ice fell during an avalanche taking out the fixed ropes on part of the route. No way down is probably the single most detailed account of the 2008 k2 disaster in which 11 people died on the mountain. But that sense of conquest is a misleading one and it gets shown up time and time again when lives are lost in the most tragic of ways. The south face of k2 from concordia the 1986 k2 disaster refers to a period from 6 august to 10 august 1986, when five mountaineers died on k2 in the karakoram during a severe storm. Though its the worlds second tallest mountain, k2 has gained a reputation as the darkest and deadliest peak on earth. That year, climbers from a variety of expeditions died on the mountains infamous slopes.
Summits and secrets by kurt diemberger overdrive rakuten. The worst season in k2 climbing history was 1986, when died. Jan 27, 2017 on august 1st 2008 eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on k2, the secondhighest mountain on earth. No way down tells the story of the 2008 k2 disaster that saw 11 climbers lose their lives. A few false moves in early august, after 11 climbers died on the worlds secondhighest peak, people wanted to know. The 1986 k2 disaster is a truly harrowing story that offers a startling glimpse into how dangerous the high mountains can be. Why k2 brings out the best and worst in those who climb it. Triumph refers to the twenty seven climbers who successfully climbed k2 that year, including the first woman to do so. K2, mountain of dreams and destiny, mountaineers books, 1991. The tragedy is that thirteen climbers were also killed on the mountain. Experts say this mountain makes everest look like an easy task. Aug 07, 2008 though its the worlds second tallest mountain, k2 has gained a reputation as the darkest and deadliest peak on earth. No way down by graham bowley is a good book concerning the 2008 k2 tragedy. In 1986, barrard climbed with her husband maurice barrard, and.265 39 430 656 135 866 206 1444 625 523 122 1194 923 1086 819 833 193 826 1410 588 1048 536 211 601 288 1269 922 173 878 1309 642 57 1171 1197 721 1231 915 1347 851 208 1370 380 502 355 539 527 687