Five Miles High:The Story of an Attack on the Second Highest Mountain in the World
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.
: 381 pages with black and white photos
: Robert H. Bates and Charles S. Houston, M.D.
: The Lyons Press
Year of Publication
: 2000 (original publication 1939 by Dodd, Mead and Co., Inc.)
: by Jim Wickwire in 2000 edition