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Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day Paperback – May 3, 2013
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- Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal
“Easily the most riveting and important mountaineering book of the past decade.”
“An indispensable addition to the genre…a long-overdue historical correction to the familiar mountaineering story.”
- Matthew Power, Men's Journal
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- Sharon Haddock, Deseret News
“It’s a testament to the thrills in this book that I scoured the notes, eager to learn how the authors wrote their account…The authors’ commendable documentary about the people who carry the gear is overtaken by the chilling adventure story of one terrible day on the mountain.”
- Smithsonian Magazine
“This compelling story brought back from K2’s slopes is a worthy tale about a little-known aspect of these high-stakes climbs.”
- Colleen Kelly, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Through phenomenal research, Zuckerman and Padoan have dug deeper than anyone else into one of the most mysterious tragedies in mountaineering history. Thanks to their efforts, the heroism and humanity of the Sherpa climbers who saved lives shine through the chaos and grief of that awful day on K2.”
- David Roberts, co-author of Ks: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain and author of On the Ridge Between Life and Death
“An informative and inspirational book…I couldn’t put it down.”
- Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay, author of Touching My Father's Soul
“Buried in the Sky reveals the heroic deeds of the Sherpa…[It] brings to light how immensely strong, loyal, and talented the Sherpa climbers are. Finally credit is given, where credit is due.”
- Ed Viesturs, bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain
“I admired Buried in the Sky and enjoyed it, too. Because the authors did their homework and wrote their story well, and most of all, because credit is given at long last to those who deserve it most.”
- Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard
“The Sherpas climb off the page and carry a narrative that is as fast and as gripping as their superhuman ascents.”
- Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
“A judiciously crafted chronicle of the devastating series of incidents that left 11 dead, this narrative is well organized and chilling.”
- Ingrid Levin, Library Journal
“Zuckerman and Padoan offer glimpses into the climbing culture that are as rare as the thin air the climbers breathe…A provocative perspective on one of the world’s most expensive and deadly athletic adventures.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“A revelatory look at Sherpa history and culture…highly recommended.”
- David Pitt, Booklist
From the Author
Many climbing accounts describe a death-defying struggle up fixedlines. But how did those ropes get there? Who performed the rescues? When your life hangs from a knot, it helps to know who tied it.
But some stories get buried. Western journalists seldom speak Ajak Bhote, Balti, Burushaski, Shar-Khumbu tamgney, Rolwaling Sherpi tamgney, or Wakhi. Reporters can't usually track down indigenous climbers by dialing telephone numbers or sending e-mails, and writers on a deadline rarely have time to trek to remote villages. As a result, testimony from high-altitude workers isn't broadcast far. Survivors of the Death Zone have imperfect recall, and the media maelstrom makes recovery--and accuracy--elusive as families, fans, friends, and publicists all assert claims on a story. Trauma and oxygen deprivation compound the confusion. As in war, eyewitnesses who were standing next to each other sometimes report different versions
of the events.
Nonetheless, Amanda and I have tried to get at the truth and to be straightforward about our reporting. We researched for two years. We took seven trips to Nepal, trekking to regions rarely visited by Westerners and off-limits to journalists. We took three trips to Pakistan and obtained unprecedented access to military and government officials, thanks largely to Nazir Sabir, president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. In total, we interviewed more than two hundred people and spent countless hours at kitchen tables in France, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. We relied on more than a thousand photographs and videos. This book re-creates a true story. Please see the background notes for further information on methods and sources.
The death of Amanda's friend Karim Meherban was a catalyst for this book. Nursing a newborn, Amanda couldn't do all the research herself, so I was brought in as coauthor. Amanda and I are cousins,and we've been writing together since I was twelve. Before Buried in the Sky, I had a comfortable job as a daily newspaper reporter. I had never strapped on crampons. But when I learned about this story, I had no choice but to quit my job, grab a notebook, and head to the Himalaya. The characters were too inspiring, the goal too important, and the journey too compelling to resist.
Portland, Oregon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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