At the age of 23, Bonatti was selected as the youngest of an 11-member Italian team to attempt a 1954 assault of K2. Years earlier, as a teenager, he was already attacking the most dangerous walls of the Alps with the most primitive of equipment. By the end of his relatively brief 18-year mountaineering career, Bonatti had set standards for ascents in the Alps and the Himalaya that were audacious and at the extreme.
In this book, Bonatti recounts the highlights of his magnificent alpine career with special attention to the ascent of K2 in 1954. Great controversy erupted in the Italian mountaineering community about Bonatti’s role in this achievement. Bonatti was so vilified that he sued for libel over a decade later and was vindicated as to his version of the events on K2. The accounts of his other great climbs over the span of his career are also captivating reading. All in all, this is a great climbing biography.
: 442 pages with black and white photos
: Walter Bonatti
Translated and Edited by Robert Marshall
: Modern Library