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- In a single two-day period, eleven climber lost their lives on K2. In a mystery clouded by haze and exhaustion, thin air and poor communication we are left to wonder:. What happened on August 1-2, 2008?.
- With an insiders knowledge of Himalayan climbing, Wilkinson goes deep into the lives of the climbers and particularly the Sherpas on this fateful climb to produce a book that should be essential reading for those wanting to understand the disaster. From the very start I found One Mountain Thousand Summits riveting Conrad Anker, Coauthor of The Last Explorer: Finding Mallory on Everest.. Hardcover; 352 pages.
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As others have mentioned, it is also well written, insightful, ironic, and done from the perspective of someone who climbs and knows the right questions to ask. We can only hope that this book will start a new trend in mountaineering literature and that the indigenous people who do most of the work and account for the ultimate success of nearly every expedition, will finally begin to receive the credit they deserve. Fortunately, Wilkinson has set a high standard in this regard.
My only quibble is that a number of the sources, including my own on the Sherpas of Rolwaling, could have been better documented. If a person's research is worth mentioning, then so is the correct reference.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Freddie Wilkinson from whom we hope to see more good books in the future.
Lastly, I encourage you to read slowly and look for the flashes of "pure Freddie" scattered throughout the book. Mr. Wilkinson's humor and zest for life are presence in terrific one liners throughout the novel.
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Wilco van Rooijen, the leader of the Dutch Norit expedition, used his satellite phone to call in live updates to both his internet webmaster Marten van Eck and his wife Heleen on summit day and as the tragedy unfolded. Initially using the Norit website, the media frenzy started looking for more information fed from other blogs and people at K2 Base Camp. Where the Norit website was cautious in giving out only verified information, some of the other blogs and people gave more information, including speculation and rumours on what was happening. This fueled some misinformation as the story continued to unfold, "until the spin itself threatened to taint the survivors' recollections and the factual evidence at hand." We also acutely feel the worry of those at home vigilantly watching the internet for any word of their loved ones.
For the second half of the book, the author interviewed many of the western survivors and travelled to Kathmandu several times to interview the surviving Sherpas to piece together the story. What he discovered was the selfless heroism that shone through the tragedy.
Gerard McDonnell selflessly worked for many hours to free two Koreans and Jumik Bhote who were tangled in ropes on the Traverse, only to be swept to his death when an ice avalanche from the serac hit him descending the Traverse.Read more ›
The modern-day mountain-climbing industry is a different animal altogether. Nowadays, with modern technology and the development of the industry, anyone who is reasonably fit and wealthy can attempt to summit Everest and even K2, its deadlier brother. "One Mountain Thousand Summits" is an attempt to explain the 2008 K-2 expedition where 11 people were killed. There were a litany of reasons why the expedition went so wrong: the lack of inexperience and ability of many who tried to summit, the cross-cultural conflicts and misunderstandings that inevitably arise when you have so many teams together, the individual ego, the lack of planning and co-ordination and communication. There were a lot of heroism on the K-2 expedition, but it was heroism that was caused by the selfishness and narrow-mindedness of many on that expedition.Read more ›
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Great insight into not only what happened, but also into the culture and infrastructure of high altitude climbing. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by shburr
Very good. I've read several takes on the 2008 K2 tradegy, and this one is a keeper. Hearing from the Sherpas side was an honor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Himalaya Lover
Okay, my kitten just jumped onto my keyboard and deleted the review I just wrote here, in its entirety, so now I have to try and recreate it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peter E. McGinn
Great read. Intelligent writing, and author has good journalistic skills. Nice coverage of the Sherpa aspect.Published 11 months ago by NoBigWoop
As a reader hooked on K2 experiences, I liked it. The book depends a little bit much on quoting other authors previous K2 comments, but it flows well and gives some new... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dave 13
K2, 2nd highest mountain, with a 1/4 death rate (at one point) , had a particularly bad year in 2008, which has spawned at least four books and 2 documentaries. Read morePublished 20 months ago by pjf
Good read, well told by author who personally interviewed those involved...not as riveting as Into Thin Air, but good. I would recommend itPublished on May 29, 2014 by Jack B.
Read a couple of different accounts but found this one impossible to put down, the best researched and honest but with compassion and tenderness toward all the human frailties,... Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by Isabella R