The Ghosts of K2

The Ghosts of K2

The Epic Saga of the First Ascent

Book - 2015
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"At 28,251 feet, K2 might be almost 800 feet shorter than Everest, but it is a far tougher proposition. Unlike Everest, there is no 'yak route' for commercial clients. It is hard climbing all the way from its base to its summit. K2 will kill you on the way up and kill you on the way down. Mick Conefrey tells the story of three extraordinary expeditions filled with riveting drama and unimaginable tragedy: Fritz Wiessner's controversial attempt of 1939, the disastrous American expedition of 1953, and the huge Italian expedition of 1954 on which K2 was first climbed. He captures the bold and eccentric characters-- their friendships and rivalries, their guilt and betrayals. At the center of the narrative is Charlie Houston, who led the failed 1953 exhibition, who was forced to give up his ambition of ever reaching the summit, and who was haunted for the rest of his life by the ghosts of the world's most beautiful and lethal mountain"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London, England :, Oneworld,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781780745954
1780745958
Characteristics: xvii, 317 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm

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