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No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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Riveting and powerful; an extraordinary story of an extraordinary tragedy. Reading No Way Down is the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day (Sir Ranulph Fiennes)
A gripping hour-by-hour dissection of events in the Western Himalaya over three deadly days... a fitting shelfmate to the modern classic Into Thin Air (Brian Schofield Sunday Times)
Stories of heroism, sadness and extraordinary endurance against all the odds are woven into a thrilling drama (Christopher Hudson Daily Mail)
Unputdownable... a portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival' (Financial Times)
Artfully and assiduously pieces together an account of a fractious day in brutal real time. Fatality by fatality... devastating (New York Times)
A tour de force of a book...a triumph of storytelling (Associated Press)
Probably the best mountain-disaster memoir since Into Thin Air (Mail on Sunday)
One of the best books I've ever read. But take it to the beach at your peril - it's impossible to put down. Sunburn is guaranteed (Outdoor Science)
From the Back Cover
On August 1, 2008, no fewer than eight international teams of mountain climbers--some experienced, others less prepared--ascended K2, the world's second-highest mountain, with the last group reaching the summit at 8 p.m. Then disaster struck. A huge ice chunk came loose above a deadly three-hundred-foot avalanche-prone gully, destroying the fixed guide ropes. More than a dozen climbers--many without oxygen and some with no headlamps--faced the nearly impossible task of descending in the blackness with no guideline and no protection. Over the course of the chaotic night, some would miraculously make it back. Others would not.
In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, journalist Graham Bowley re-creates one of the most dramatic tales of death and survival in mountaineering history.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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The author, Graham Bowley, has obviously been very painstaking in interviews with the survivors and it shows in the sheer excellence of his writing. I felt as though I had climbed and descended the mountain myself by the end of the book. The story of the tragedy does not pull any punches so be prepared for sudden shocks en-route.
Also very helpful were the excellent photographs taken and included in the book. Do not miss out on a first class read if you enjoy climbing!
The details have been collected from a number of climbers on this fatal decent of K2.
Not sure if anyone else has written any books on this particular expedition but this book presents it in a reporting style.
I Found it quite good.
The bits I did not like were in the Epilogue where he questions climbers motivations for climbing, the moral issues of climbing and the impact on the climbers families. While those questions are all relevant, I found his comments too superficial to do justice to a complex subject. Would have preferred if he had kept those questions out, and focused the story purely on what happened.
Overall, I really liked the book and can highly recommend it.
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