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Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2: True Stories of the 5 Women Who Climbed K2 [Paperback]

Jennifer Jordan
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2 Mar 2006

Though not as tall as Everest, the "Savage Mountain" is far more dangerous. Located on the border of China and Pakistan, K2 has some of the harshest climbing conditions in the world. Ninety women have scaled Everest but of the six women who reached the summit of K2, three lost their lives on the way back down the mountain and two have since died on other climbs.

In Savage Summit, Jennifer Jordan shares the tragic, compelling, inspiring, and extraordinary true stories of a handful of courageous women -- mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, poets and engineers -- who defeated this formidable mountain yet ultimately perished in pursuit of their dreams.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1st Harper Paperback Ed edition (2 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060587164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060587161
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jordan...gives us a sense of the rapture that comes from standing on top of the world’s highest mountains.” (Los Angeles Times)

“For mountain-climbing enthusiasts and women’s history buffs, Jordan’s well-researched survey is worthwhile reading...” (Publishers Weekly)

“SAVAGE SUMMIT fills an interesting and neglected place in mountaineering literature.” (American Alpine Club Magazine)

About the Author

Jennifer Jordan has lived at the base of K2 twice while writing and producing the National Geographic documentary The Women of K2. She is a writer, producer, public speaker, and journalist, having created, produced, and hosted her own public radio talk show. Jennifer lives with her husband, filmmaker and adventurer Jeff Rhoads, in Salt Lake City.


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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 17 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
K2 is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, everything here can kill you from the climate to the environment and possibly the most insidious killer of all, the altitude. Unlike Everest which has become little more than a difficult guided tour, K2 has no tourist climbers, no Walter Mitty types, it's a technical and logistical nightmare that attracts the cream of the mountaineering elite which quintessentially is thought to be male.

Jennifer Jordan sets the record straight with a collection of biographies on the first five women to summit K2. Tragically none of these woman survive today, three having died on K2 during the descent and the other two losing their lives on other climbs. Incidentally there is only one woman alive today who can claim to have set foot on the worlds second highest mountain.

Wanda Rutkiewicz ( 1943-1992 ) was an extraordinary polish climber who summited K2 in 1986 but tragically fell to her death on the slopes of Kangchenjunga. Liliane Barrard ( 1948-1986 ) and Julie Tullis ( 1939-1986 ) both perished on the descent after a superhuman effort and a successful summit bid. The controversial and troubled French climber Chantal Mauduit ( 1964-1998 ) summited in 1992 but her luck finally ran out on Dhaulagiri when an avalanche killed her and a Sherpa. Possibly the most emotive story is that of Alison Hargreaves ( 1962-1995 ) she died during her descent of K2 leaving behind two young children. Alison had stood up to the criticisms of a male dominated sport and even put many of her denigrators to shame on the slopes.

All of these women were treated with contempt, were verbally and even sexually assaulted. Each one wanted to climb and be treated with equality, and each one went about achieving that in their own way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative book 19 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Having recently read the Clint Willis book 'The Boys Of Everest' I saw 'Savage Summit' on the Amazon mountaineering book list and thought that this would help to give me an insight into Himalayan climbing from a woman's point of view. I wasn't disappointed and I found 'Savage Summit' to be a very readable and interesting account of the lives and climbs of the five main women featured in the book.
My only real criticism of the book is that I would have found it helpful to have had a good photograph or diagram of K2 with the climbing routes marked on it. I had to look elsewhere for this information. Nevertheless I do recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about life and death in the high mountains of the Himalayas.The Boys of Everest: The Tragic Story of Climbing's Greatest Generation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 2 July 2012
By Martina
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I really enjoy the book. The life stories of all the women were so interesting and inspiring. As I do not know much about climbing I can't tel anything about accuracy of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, a proper page turner. 28 May 2012
By Beck
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucky I was on a long haul flight because I found this book hard to put down. As an armchair mountaineer I've read quite a number books on the subject covering triumphs and tragedies and I would consider this book certainly up there with the best. It was very well researched and well written. Its gives a detailed insight into the climbers' early years right up until the tragic events. It was nice to read about women who have achieved in this field as its usually men. This doesn't happen to me very often but I was disappointed when the book finished. I've read a number of books since however none had me as gripped as this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 31 May 2014
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Good read, fairly honest writing about these women. They weren't always likeable, but they were determined, smart and immensely strong in what was and still is, a male dominated pursuit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth looking at! A really great read. 18 May 2014
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I really enjoyed it. Events and stories about individuals seemed to be laid out before the reader without bias, simply stating facts rather than getting embroiled amongst any controversy. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it rose above it all giving a really good, un-biased overview.
People set out to do something challenging, raise their heads above the parapet, and there is always some big mouth troll somewhere putting a spoiler on it, I have experienced this myself first hand. I was not surprised that the mountaineering world was no different, all those male ego's. That is what makes these women and their achievements even more remarkable as far as I am concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping book 10 May 2014
By DH
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A book that transports you to the mountains, where you experience a range of emotions as you engage with the incredibly courageous, ambitious and singleminded women
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 25 Mar 2014
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I started to read this book on a school day trip, as soon as I got home I picked it up again. When I put it down it was dark and bedtime. Beautifully crafted, many stories woven into one. Inspirational and thought provoking it got me polishing my ice axe and planning my next outing.
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