High: Stories of Survival from Mount Everest and K2

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In this pioneering anthology, Clint Willis presents 75 years of great writing -- from Neil O'Dell to Jon Krakauer -- on the fabled peaks. Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the 1920s; a piece on the 1939 K2 attempt that claimed four climbers' lives; a firsthand account by the Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary; the story of the first successful American assault on K2 in 1978; a British photographer's view of the calamitous 1996 storm on Everest; and many ...
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Overview


In this pioneering anthology, Clint Willis presents 75 years of great writing -- from Neil O'Dell to Jon Krakauer -- on the fabled peaks. Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the 1920s; a piece on the 1939 K2 attempt that claimed four climbers' lives; a firsthand account by the Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary; the story of the first successful American assault on K2 in 1978; a British photographer's view of the calamitous 1996 storm on Everest; and many more -- a cornucopia of mountaineering thrills for adventurous readers.
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Stories of mountain climbing have an extra sense of adventure about them: No matter what story is being told, you know in the back of your mind that the action is unfurling at peaks that are dangerously high, with weather conditions and altitude realities unknown to those of us who have never been at high altitudes outside of an airplane. High: Stories of Survival from Mount Everest and K2 collects tales from the world's two tallest peaks. The stories are spread over the past 75 years. Alongside Jon Krakauer's look back on his infamous climbing adventures are accounts of the trials of two different British expeditions during the '20s. Life and death, survival and perishing are all examined in these stories; indeed, it seems that these mountain tales all serve to highlight the most extreme conditions under which life can continue. Shivering cold, brutal winds, and the idea of being absolutely isolated from most of the world produce epic tales of triumph and loss. High: Stories of Survival from Mount Everest and K2 is a thrilling read, and shows how humans deal with nature in its harshest form.
The Boston Phoenix
If you liked Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, read this book.
Climbing Magazine
This is a superb collection of some of the best mountain and adventure writing of the century.
School Library Journal
YA-A collection of excerpts from mostly real-life experiences that will leave even the most jaded armchair adventurers gasping for air and thoroughly waterlogged. Both titles depict humans at their most physically challenged in environments that they sought out but for which they were not necessarily completely prepared. High features Jon Krakauer, David Roberts, and Chris Bonington. An excerpt from Matt Dickinson's The Other Side of Everest is also included. A touching narrative is taken from Maria Coffey's Fragile Edge, in which the author recounts her visit to Tibet to find some closure over the death of her sweetheart, who disappeared from Everest's Northeast Ridge. Many of the writers in Rough Water describe such dire straits out on the open sea that one wonders how they ever survived to tell their tale. Memorable moments from maritime literature include a selection from F. A. Worsley's Shackleton's Boat Journey, in which the South Pole explorer and his men rowed 14 days across 800 miles of some of the earth's most treacherous seas in a small boat. Another classic excerpt depicting a heartless captain is taken from Richard Henry Dana, Jr.'s Two Years before the Mast. Readers who still have not gotten enough of the Titanic stories will be intrigued by yet another viewpoint from The Loss of the S. S. Titanic. And there's more. Bibliographies lead readers to the rest of the stories.-Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560252009
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2007
  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Clint Willis edited Epic, Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, ME.
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