K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

by Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
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K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs, David Roberts

A thrilling chronicle of the tragedy-ridden history of climbing the world's most difficult and unpredictable mountain, by the bestselling authors of The Mountain and No Shortcuts to the Top

Ed Viesturs, one of the world's premier high-altitude mountaineers, explores the remarkable history of K2 and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time, he probes the mountain's most memorable sagas in order to illustrate lessons about the fundamental questions mountaineering raisesquestions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory. Viesturs knows the mountain firsthand. He and renowned alpinist Scott Fischer climbed it in 1992 and got caught in an avalanche that sent them sliding to almost certain death before Ed managed to get into a self-arrest position with his ice ax and stop both his fall and Scott's.

Focusing on seven of the mountain's most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair travelers alike will find unforgettably compelling. With photographs from Viesturs's personal collection and from historical sources, this is the definitive account of the world's ultimate mountain, and of the lessons that can be gleaned from struggling toward its elusive summit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767932615
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 353,402
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

ED VIESTURS is the first and only American to ascend all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen and the author of The Mountain, No Shortcuts to the Top, and The Will to Climb.

In addition to his collaborations with Ed Viesturs, DAVID ROBERTS is the author of more than twenty books, including Finding Everett Ruess.

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K2 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great inside information on K2 ascents. Mr. Viesturs never need worry about a lack of ego.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still admire Viesters for his mountaineering skills but also see him as arrogant and condescending.
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Omg I have the paper copy of this and I love it it is not your tipical mountain book but it is MY fav book of all time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Help i hate the sample and i need to know how to delete it??!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2nd time I have read this book. Not your typical Mountain Climbing book. He is an excellent writer, not too technical and boring, but really takes one into the entire aspect of K2 and the Himalaya in general. Love the little bit of history included.
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Tyinthemountains More than 1 year ago
THis book is a great read and extremely knowledgeable from the mountaineers perspective. Ed viesturs is by far one of the best mountaineers of the age and he looks back on expeditions to help explain there heroism and thought process. It is a great read and great for learning more about mountaineering.
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