Five Miles High:The Story of an Attack on the Second Highest Mountain in the World

 

Five Miles High:The Story of an Attack on the Second Highest Mountain in the World
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Object Title Five Miles High:The Story of an Attack on the Second Highest Mountain in the World
Manufacturer Bates and Houston (Lyons Press)
Page By Augie Medina
Page Type Apr 18, 2007 / Sep 16, 2014
Object ID 3001
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This is the fascinating story of the 1938 American expedition that set off to explore feasible routes to the summit of 28,250 foot K2. Summitting was a long-shot objective and in fact the team only made it to 26,000 feet. The expedition explored routes on three sides of the mountain and determined that the Abruzzi Ridge, the standard route today, was a feasible route to the top.

The approach involved a 350 mile trek from Kashmir. Modern gear in 1938 included wool mittens, canvas tents and very primitive leather -strapped crampons. The account of the expedition's four-month long journey is provided from the perspective of four of the six team members. If anything, the descriptions of the dangers faced climbing a mountain like K2 with the equipment of the day seem greatly understated. This is a fascinating read.

Product Details

Price: $16.95
Paperback: 381 pages with black and white photos
Authors: Robert H. Bates and Charles S. Houston, M.D.
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Year of Publication: 2000 (original publication 1939 by Dodd, Mead and Co., Inc.)
Language: English
Foreword: by Jim Wickwire in 2000 edition
ISBN: 1-58574-051-9

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Augie Medina - Apr 18, 2007 9:56 pm - Voted 5/5

Great Read
Excellent read all the way through from discussion of the planning phase, the hike from Kasmir to K2, the reconnaisance on the mountain and the retreat. It gives you chills just thinking about these guys making their way up and down icy 60 degree slopes with the gear they had in 1938.

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