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K2: Triumph And Tragedy [Kindle Edition]

Jim Curran
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Book Description

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, at 8611 metres only a couple of hundred metres lower than Everest. It is one of the most unrelenting and testing of the worlds 8000-metre peaks.

Jim Curran came to K2 as a climbing cameraman with an unsuccessful British expedition, but stayed on through the climbing season. This is his account of the dramatic events of that summer, a story of ambitions both achieved and thwarted on a mountain which all high-altitude climbers take the most pride in overcoming. In 1986 K2 took its toll of those ambitions.

Curran vividly describes the moments that contribute to the exhilaration of climbing on the world's most demanding mountain, and he assesses the tragedy of that summer with compassion and impartiality.

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (April 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars That terrible Summer... September 14, 2013
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Many have tried and many have died...
There are six great tales from the mountain of mountains, and this is the one. Prior to the 1980's, Pakistan allowed only one expedition to K2 per year. The previous decades saw only four attempts before the Italians made their successful ascent in 1954, but 1986 saw no fewer than eleven expeditions make their way to the top. All top flight climbers from around the world, all with very lofty goals on unclimbed and very challenging routes. It's called Triumph & Tragedy for reason, as many would claim a series of firsts on K2...from the first woman to summit, the first success on the Magic Line, etc. But no team would not meet with some kind of tragedy on the way down. The story of 7 climbers getting trapped on the Shoulder with no food or water is gripping. A solo climber, who makes it all the way back down only to fall into a crevasse, get rescued and pulled to safety, only to die within minutes. These stories are incredible and every one of them on par with what happened in 2008.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting September 6, 2013
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Nice read, quite enjoyable for those loving mountains and mountain stories. Still a bit scary when you find how some "good" friendships can end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story February 10, 2014
By LisaF
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I was unable to put the book down. Well written. Their will to live was second to none, yet they would risk their own lives, to leave no one behind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read November 6, 2013
By aero1
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Well written exciting, very much worth reading this book. Neat perspective on the desire to achieve a goal and the price some will pay, at great personal cost.
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