What we take we should bring back and keep these places pristine. After maintaining silence for all those years, Lacedelli startlingly revealed his own version in 2004 published in English as K2: The Price of Conquest, 2006. Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers since 1954. So the idea of spending a couple months for the right window to risk my life and limb to get to the top just isn't in my blood. This is a significant admission, because the final slope becomes less steep only after the low-angle summit ridge is attained, a few easy steps from the top.
In a sport that attracts competitive egoists, he's probably a really friendly, down-to-earth guy. The use of quotes from the diaries and books of preceding climbers adds a great deal to the narrative as a whole. Viesturs writes in a fluid and compelling way about the psychological dynamics of climbing and climbers as much as he does about routes and pitches and itineraries which are often the meat of books like these. I'm just into books like this. The stories are loaded with unbelievable heroics and completely believable tragedies.
Yet, he never names Asian climbers by name except for Junko Tabei, but that was due to her being the first woman up Everest, rather than her Asian heritage. So the idea of spending a couple months for the right window to risk my life and limb to get to the top just isn't in my blood. Before he faced the challenge of K2 himself, Ed Viesturs, one of the world's premier high-altitude mountaineers, thought of it as the holy grail of mountaineering. The book explores the incredible history of the mountain and of the people who have tried to climb it with the focus being on six particular expeditions. In doing so, he became the first American and the 5th person in the world to accomplish this. Unlike 'no shortcuts' this is not autobiographical, the title is exactly what it is, a book about various expeditions on K2.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Program. Viesters manages this minefield with an even hand and generous spirit. In awe of what people have accomplished without our modern knowledge and equipment, but now it's tougher to make a name for yourself. 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. Because it was the audio, though, it was tricky sometimes to figure out which year's excursion I was Mountaineer Ed Viesturs takes a look a the history of K2, the second highest mountain in the world, but the most deadly for climbers. The springboard for Viesturs was his own 1992 climb of K2.
He focuses on six most dramatic seasons in the K2 history, but also recounts his own successful ascent during the 1992 expedition. He shows expertise as a journalist, too, ferreting out inconsistencies or providing alternate interpretations of these very interesting stories. Viesturs also came across as kind of a know it all. I just don't think he's a very good writer, but that's not what he is. K2: Life And Death On The World's Most Dangerous Mountain 2009 About book: For someone like me who doesn't understand the appeal of mountaineering, this is as good an introduction to the alpinists' mindset as any. It's clear that he has some opinions, but he is fair in assessing alternative viewpoints before offering his own. People that should read this kind of book is people that like the out doors.
In his discussion of the literature about mountain climbing expeditions, Viesturs notes the trend from the no-dirty-linen approach to the tell-all approach. I chose to read this book because. In fact he keeps insisting that his decision to continue the 1992 climb that resulted in reaching the summit had been wrong and that he is alive just because of luck. I think the overall history of the mountain, its exploration, the daring ascents and misfortunes are what make this book great. Both of the authors bring impeccable credentials to this book. As an aside, Viesturs writes predominantly about men in this book, although he climbed with women on K2 and helped rescue the tragic and erotic Chantal Mauduit from high on the mountain before his own summit. If you are looking for a great account into all of the major attempts on K2, this is an excellent book.
The book ends with a fragment about Mr. All though it had some very cool and great stories of how people climbed the mountain. Viestur's family, sweet but incongruous with the entire work. K2 has a useful index, and some great photographs. I periodically needed to stop and be sure that I knew which expedition we were talking about. Early on I got the idea he's more conservative than most people, so he didn't have to keep drilling it in.
The Walter Bonnatti episode though shows the dark shadows that are ever present in human nature and we seem to take them to places that are hitherto untainted by any of this and somehow sully those majestic peaks with the stains of our vices. This is a book that combines autobiography - Viesturs' own experience climbing K2 - with history. Many readers have a general knowledge of Mount Everest and the routes to its summit; but few have similar knowledge of K2. In K2, Viesturs details the many triumphs and tragedies that have taken place on the slopes of this beautiful and unforgiving mountain. Walter Bonatti should—and will—be remembered as much for his unyielding commitment to historic truth as his unparalleled genius as a climber.
And I would recommend other do the same. It chronicles seven famous expeditions, including the author's own ascent in 1992, most of which are tinged with tragedy in some meaningful way which is a hallmark of even the most gifted climbers' experiences of the mountain generally c Ed Viesturs is a climbing legend - for example, he's the only American to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter mountains without supplemental oxygen - and a good memoirist, but this book is mostly about others' experiences on the world's second highest peak. For climbers, it is extremely challenging—over one three-year period, 15 expeditions attacked K2 without putting a single climber on its summit. There are no permanent fixed ropes on K2. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering—questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory. Roberts has written a number of excellent books on mountaineering and adventuring.