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Friday, July 13, 2012

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of No Way Down: Life and Death on K2

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of No Way Down: Life and Death on K2:

The hour-by-hour story of the infamous K2 expedition in 2008 that claimed the lives of eleven climbers. The author interviewed many of the survivors and pieced together the most likely series of events from their accounts, although in spots his delving into minds of those who died, while probably as accurate as one could be, still remain speculative. Nevertheless, there are segments of nail-biting suspense

After having waited several months into the very short summer climbing season on K2, the second highest mountain in the world, and considered one of the most difficult and dangerous, several teams of climbers attempted a summit. Despite delays along the way that should have had them postpone their climb toward the top, many continued on. The most dangerous part of each climb is the return trip when climbers are exhausted and often suffering the effects of high altitude.

A glossary of names might have been helpful and there were passages that felt as if they had been amateurishly translated from another language. If you don’t want to read a whole book about the incidents, you might want to just look at the Wikipedia entry which is quite detailed and good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_2...

An excellent addition to mountain climbing literature.

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