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One of the best mountaineering books I've read
on 17 September 2008
I have read a Polish translation of the book, but I seriously consider reading the original (if the book would only be available on Amazon).
It is a book about a series of tragic events, which happen on K2 in 1986 but also about quite a few spectacular successes. The book is long, detailed and well documented. It is also a book about 80s, the decade when the world's highest peeks became domain of relatively broad group of dedicated mountaineers. Amateur climbers relaying on guides were not there at that time.
Jim Curran narrative is very personal and I consider it a big advantage. After all Mr Curran as a photographer with no climbing ambitions on K2 had an excellent perspective, which Jon Krakauer clearly lacked while writing "Into Thin Air".