Welcome to SP!  -

K2 Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
Gear Review

K2 Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

K2 Life and Death on the World\'s Most Dangerous Mountain

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: K2 Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

Manufacturer: Ed Viesturs with David Roberts

Your Opinion: 
 - 6 Votes


Page By: silversummit

Created/Edited: Aug 11, 2010 / Aug 14, 2010

Object ID: 7270

Hits: 1437 


Book Summary

From the dust-jacket:
"A thrilling chronicle of the tragedy-ridden history of climbing K2, the world’s most difficult and unpredictable mountain, by the bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top."

"At 28,251 feet, the world’s second-tallest mountain, K2 thrusts skyward out of the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan. Climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering, with good reason. Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers since 1954. In August 2008 eleven climbers died in a single thirty-six-hour period on K2–the worst single-event tragedy in the mountain’s history and the second-worst in the long chronicle of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Yet summiting K2 remains a cherished goal for climbers from all over the globe. Before he faced the challenge of K2 himself, Ed Viesturs, one of the world’s premier high-altitude mountaineers, thought of it as “the holy grail of mountaineering.”
In K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2’s most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering–questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one’s teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory. Viesturs knows the mountain firsthand. He and renowned alpinist Scott Fischer climbed it in 1992 and were nearly killed in an avalanche that sent them sliding to almost certain death. Fortunately, Ed managed to get into a self-arrest position with his ice ax and stop both his fall and Scott’s."

"Focusing on seven of the mountain’s most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair travelers alike will find unforgettably compelling. With photographs from Viesturs’s personal collection and from historical sources, this is the definitive account of the world’s ultimate mountain, and of the lessons that can be gleaned from struggling toward its elusive summit."

Product Details

Price: $26.00

Paperback: 342 pages

Author: Ed Viesturs with David Roberts

Publisher: Broadway Books

Year Published: 2009

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-7679-3250-9



Viewing: 1-3 of 3

silversummitRead if you enjoy a good mountaineering saga!

Voted 4/5

There are several books on K2 but I don't think any one book brings together the history and climbing stories in such a straight-forward, enjoyable style. While Viesturs defines terms like "crumping" with examples and chronicles expedition conflicts and failures he never stoops to mud-slinging. I felt like I was reading a more balanced record of the triumphs and tragedies that surrounds K2 than most others.

Some of the criticism of this book concerns how Viesturs seems to jump around in time and events. I never felt that but again, I've read a sizeable number of books about K2. And since I am a big fan of Viestur's writing in general I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in K2 or a 'trek' through history in one of the lesser known regions of mountaineering.

Posted Aug 11, 2010 9:38 pm

alpinelightGood review

Voted 4/5

You did a nice review of this book. I enjoyed reading it as well and would recomend it.
Posted Oct 7, 2010 8:43 pm

Brian CEnjoyable

Voted 5/5

Tells alot about K2 in an easy to read format. I thought it was great!
Posted Dec 14, 2010 10:08 pm

Viewing: 1-3 of 3