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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAST STEP...MORE LIKE THE LAST STRAW!, 20 Sept. 2001
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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Without a doubt, this is one of the most riveting mountaineering books around. Not just for the climbing, which is, in and of itself, gripping, but for the slice of human drama found in the deterioration of relationships amongst various members of the expedition. At times, one is mesmerized by the bad behavior displayed at such high altitudes. One would think that these expeditioners were other than on K2, one of the most perilous mountains in the world to ascend, fighting for their place in mountaineering history.
Central to all the squabbling was the love triangle that developed on the expedition, which was perceived by some of the expeditioners to be an extra marital affair in progress. Though this later proved to be true, at the time it was the source of much denial and hard feelings. It further split the team, which was already divided over who would be chosen to summit, and eroded already existing friendships, while preventing new ones that might have otherwise developed.
On top of all this, add in poor weather, which caused them to spend about sixty seven days on the mountain, mostly at altitudes over eighteen thousand feet, and one has a recipe for disaster. These expeditioners, however, managed to become the first Americans to ascend K2.
Their success in achieving their objectives, despite the trials and tribulations that they endured, is testament to their fortitude in putting aside their petty, mean spirited concerns and inter-personal conflicts. This painstaking, well written account of the first time summit of K2 by Americans is a must read for all climbing enthusiasts and adventure lovers. It is simply a terrific book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAST STEP...MORE LIKE THE LAST STRAW!, 1 Dec. 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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Without a doubt, this is one of the most riveting mountaineering books around. Not for the climbing, which is in and of itself gripping, but for the slice of human drama found in the deterioration of relationships amongst various members of the expedition. At times, one is mesmerized by the bad behavior displayed at such high altitudes! One would think that these expeditioners were on Melrose Place, rather than fighting for their place in mountaineering history on K2, one of the most perilous mountains in the world to ascend.
Central to all the squabbling was the love trangle that developed on the expedition, which was perceived by some of the expeditioners to be an extra marital affair in progress. Though this later proved to be true, at the time it was the source of much denial and hard feelings. It further split the team, which was already divided over who would be chosen to summit, and eroded already existing friendships, while preventing new ones which might have otherwise developed.
On top of all this, add in poor weather which caused them to spend about sixty seven days on the mountain, mostly at altitudes over eighteen thousand feet, and you have a recipe for disaster. These expeditioners, however, managed to become the first Americans to ascend K2.
Their success in achieving their objective, despite the trials and tribulations which they endured, is testament to their fortitude in setting aside petty, mean spirited concerns and inter-personal conflicts. This painstaking account of the first time summit of K2 by Americans is a must read for all climbing enthusiasts and readers of this genre.
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