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Here's the trailer of the new movie 'The Summit' about what happened on the K2 in 2008. This movie will premiere in London on October 12th, 2012.

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  • Print Length: 175 pages
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  • Publication Date: April 11, 2012
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  • Language: English
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Wilco van Rooijen is one of the few professional adventurers in the Netherlands. He climbed the highest peaks from the Alps to the Himalayas. He also crossed the Africa continent and 15,000 km in the 'outback' of Australia. He was the first Dutchman to reach the geographic North and geographic South Pole. In 2004 he accomplished his third pole: the highest mountain in the world Mount Everest (8.850m) without oxygen! "Because that is the most honest way of climbing" says Wilco. In mountaineering words: "by fair means!" Actually Wilco is one of the few living professional adventurers with 3 poles on his name, reached by fair means

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 .

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Zuckerman on June 6, 2012
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On K2 in 2008, Wilco was one of the best-equipped and best-trained mountaineers, and he knew what he was up against. But the other climbers relied on his preparation and his gear, and they slowed the ascent, setting the stage for a disaster. After Wilco and others tagged the summit much later in the day than they had intended, falling ice shredded the fixed lines that the climbers were depending on to get down. Darkness and changes to the made navigation difficult. As Wilco, oxygen deprived and lost, clawed his way down, he encountered gruesome scenes and had to make horrendously difficult decisions about what to do. He spent three days out in the open in or near the Death Zone -- a miraculously and terrifying feat -- and survived to tell the tale.

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.

Peter Zuckerman
Author of BURIED IN THE SKY: The extraordinary story of the Sherpa climbers on K2's deadliest day
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BJJ fan on January 23, 2013
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I read this hoping for an overview of the 2008 tragedy, but there was not much information about those events.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Henley on September 5, 2013
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This account of a mountaineering disaster on K2 should have made me sympathetic...instead, I found myself repelled by the author's continual introspection and self-evaluation. Instead of marveling at his near-miraculous escape, I was left wondering if he learned anything at spite of the deaths of close friends and companions. He seems to have an overwhelming compulsion that is unwavering even in the face of disaster and personal loss, and I just can't connect with that. A far better example of a book in this genre, which does, in fact, engage the reader is Joe Simpson's 'Touching the Void'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Tobias on August 2, 2012
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This book is written by the leader of one of several teams who climbed K2 in the summer of 2008. He gives a fairly captivating account of the series of disasters that took a total of 11 lives, the worst year on K2 since the disastrous 1986 season (That disaster was chronicled in Jim Curran's 'K2: Triumph and Tragedy, a book I highly recommend). Wilco, the Dutch author of this book, is a remarkable man in many ways, very level-headed, and generous in spirit toward his climbing mates. A slight drawback to the book for me is that the bulk of it was actually focused on his two previous unsuccessful attempts at K2, along with other climbs. However, these climbs were eventful enough to make gripping reading, even if they weren't the main reason I read the book. His adventure on the N. face of the Eiger was particularly interesting. Throughout the book, even though I have read several on climbing and disasters, I was very frequently amazed at the great risks extreme climbers take. Even those who are extremely experienced and cautious are at risk from unpredictable events like falling rocks, sudden unpredictable winds, avalanches, serac falls, etc. The sense of near chaos and grave risk throughout the book is striking even before the main disaster is reached. The whole book is given from the author's POV, so some impact is lost as you do not read of some events as they happened, but only as the author heard about them afterward. One cannot help read w/ a sense of amazement and wonder at the rationalizations and optimistic viewpoints that these climbers make to perservere in their chosen activity. Also remarkable was the heartiness and determination of the author and others, many of whom survive situations that seem all but unsurvivable.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Solowe on October 10, 2012
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Surviving K2 by Wilco van Rooijen is very appropriately titled. Wilco survived K2 on more than one occasion. The book dives into who van Rooijen is and you are able to grasp his personality the further you go. This personality helps give a unique perspective into mountaineering and the dangers that are present, but also the rewards for success. By the time you get to the 2008 K2 expedition you understand Wilco's respect for the mountains he climbs and the people that climb with him. The dramatic detail from the entire wait during the summer of 2008 before the final summit bid until his ride in the rescue helicopter keep you on edge. Although this book does not detail everything that took place during this unfortunate disaster, you will find Wilco's journey fascinating.
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