The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 [NOOK Book]

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“A fascinating tale. . . . Readers who are into high-altitude adventure stories won’t be disappointed.”—Associated Press

In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe,...
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The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2

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Overview

“A fascinating tale. . . . Readers who are into high-altitude adventure stories won’t be disappointed.”—Associated Press

In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn’t get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains.
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Recreation Law
“Well worth reading. The book is a treasure of early climbing history as well as a great story superbly written.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393079197
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 762,159
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Jordan, an award-winning author, filmmaker, and screenwriter, has twice lived at the base of K2, where in 2002 she found the remains of Dudley Wolfe, the hero of The Last Man on the Mountain, her second book. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Well Told, Well Researched but It is not for the Mountaineering Junkie

    I have read a couple of different takes on the 1939 attempt and Jordan's book follows the pattern of most others, but brings the available research together more thoroughly. The questions Jordan tries to answer, or at least provide the best information about, was whether Dudley Wolfe belonged on the expedition, was he qualified to reach the high camps and remain there for an extended period of time even though his outlook on summiting was dim, and lastly, was he stranded out of negligence or the occupational hazard innate in mountaineering?

    This book paints Dudley Wolfe in a more favorable portrait. Ed Viesturs and David Roberts in K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain make Wolfe seem more incompetent - but to say he was unqualified (which Viesturs and Roberts do not) to be high on the mountain is wrong too. It is worth the read to see the relationship between Fritz and Dudley. Wiessner wanted to the summit desperately for glory and notoriety. Wolfe was in need of adventure and required Wiessner to get him as close to the top, if not the top itself, as reasonable. This arrangement, and the affects of altitude, which were not fully understood, was their collective undoing.

    As a mountaineering junkie, I would not pick this book up unless I am either interested in the mysteries of the 1939 expedition or K2 in general. There are other more informative books, like Viesturs' and Roberts' story. However, Jordan's story might also appeal to readers that enjoy the age of romance in mountain exploration.

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