K2 The Savage Mountain


K2 The Savage Mountain
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title K2 The Savage Mountain
Manufacturer The Lyons Press
Page By FlatheadNative
Page Type Dec 30, 2009 / Dec 30, 2009
Object ID 6734
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Product Description


The Triumph and Tragedy of the 1953 American Expedition to K2.

After the ascent tragedy strikes the group and in this eye witness account Charles S. Houston and Robert H. Bates share their story of their climb of the second highest mountain in the world.


Generally regarded as the most difficult and dangerous of all mountains. This is the dramatic story of the 1953 American expedition that was dealt a combination of terrible storms and illness, which stopped the climbers short of summit. It is the story, renowned in the annals of climbing, of how they made it back to safety after tragedy struck on the descent. From Barnes and Noble website.


Great read!



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JHH60 - Sep 16, 2011 6:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Great tale of teamwork
This book is a good read for climbers and non-climbers alike. For climbers in particular, it's impressive how much the team was able to achieve with the equipment and logistical constraints they had. The team was able to climb to almost 8000m in technical terrain, without native support past the lowest camps, and without oxygen, and survive a ten day storm at high camp. The commitment of the team to the safety of every member, and the willingness of each individual to forgo the summit and undertake heroic risks to bring down injured team mates, is also impressive. It stands in stark contrast to recent stories of guided clients on Everest and other high peaks literally stepping over other injured clients so they can reach the summit.

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