Surviving K2 Kindle Edition
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Wilco came back in 2008 from his third expedition to K2 (8.611m). Twice before he was not successful, but to give up in not in his dictionary. This time he stood on the summit of the magic K2. But it was "triumph and tragedy". After reaching the summit, 11 climbers died on the decent. Including his great friend and climbing partner Gerard Mc Donnell (Ierland).
Wilco's life has faced the deepest valleys, but also have seen the biggest triumphs. But still his appetite for adventure is not satisfied. It is not easy to consider any challenge with too much fear for Wilco .
Top Customer Reviews
What makes SURVIVING K2 stand out is that Wilco truly knows climbing and truly know K2. He had been to the mountain before. He was there when everything happened. This background allows him to provide the reader with a precision of detail (altitudes, times, locations) that you don't get in other accounts. SURVIVING K2 is a mountaineer's account by someone who lived through it, making it one of the most informative and accurate stories of the disaster and a wonderful primary source. I admire Wilco as a climber, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book.
Author of BURIED IN THE SKY: The extraordinary story of the Sherpa climbers on K2's deadliest day
Chapter 2 Deals extensively with the logistics of his teams approach to setting up for summit day of 2008. It is very dry. We brought this up here, then these guys brought this, etc, for far too long.
Then chapter 3 and 4 take an aside to his previous, failed attempts at k2. Chapter 3 even details a climb which is not on k2 but does at least highlight his relationship with a key character of the main plot.
Finally chapter 5 begins and it is without question the highlight of the book. It gives a very detailed and excruciating account of his narrow survival. Then there is a rather cursory account of what else happened in the mountain.
It is not a bad book, just too much information that is not very relevant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i thought this was well written. i enjoyed the book. i just cannot for the life of me understand why anyone wants to climb these dangerous mountains. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. johnston
Ok. Lots about childhood and earlier life. Less about the disaster.Published 11 months ago by lizy1876
Another great true adventure book by the man who actually did the climbing. Heart wrenching at times cut wrenching it others this is a book for those who like true adventure and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hanbledzoiner
Very much enjoyed this story. I enjoyed hearing it first person from one of the actual climbers. Thank you Wilco.Published 14 months ago by sal
I have read many many books on mountain climbing, and this is one of the very best. Would recommend it to any and all who are interested in the subject. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mtkk
I have climbed some in My younger years and have a great love for the mountains and outdoors. I felt I was right with the author as he recounted his amazing adventures. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike Winters
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