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No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 Yikes This book is rathergruesome than most of the mountain woe books I ve read People just go sliding right off cliffs, someone finds another team member s eyeball in the snow after an avalanche and later on, that same person s penis is described as frozen Which makes sense in its bluntness leads me down all sorts of unpleasant avenues regarding man bits and why no one has ever mentioned before what goes on down there at 28,000 feet And what about the women How exactly does one g Yikes This book is rathergruesome than most of the mountain woe books I ve read People just go sliding right off cliffs, someone finds another team member s eyeball in the snow after an avalanche and later on, that same person s penis is described as frozen Which makes sense in its bluntness leads me down all sorts of unpleasant avenues regarding man bits and why no one has ever mentioned before what goes on down there at 28,000 feet And what about the women How exactly does one go at such a height I find it unpleasant enough when we re just camping I m not hanging from a rope or some such The hour by hour story of the infamous K2 expedition in 2008 that claimed the lives of eleven climbers The author interviewed many of the survivors and pieced together the most likely series of events from their accounts, although in spots his delving into minds of those who died, while probably as accurate as one could be, still remain speculative Nevertheless, there are segments of nail biting suspenseAfter having waited several months into the very short summer climbing season on K2, the se The hour by hour story of the infamous K2 expedition in 2008 that claimed the lives of eleven climbers The author interviewed many of the survivors and pieced together the most likely series of events from their accounts, although in spots his delving into minds of those who died, while probably as accurate as one could be, still remain speculative Nevertheless, there are segments of nail biting suspenseAfter having waited several months into the very short summer climbing season on K2, the second highest mountain in the world, and considered one of the most difficult and dangerous, several teams of climbers attempted a summit Despite delays along the way that should have had them postpone their climb toward the top, many continued on The most dangerous part of each climb is the return trip when climbers are exhausted and often suffering the effects of high altitude A glossary of names might have been helpful and there were passages that felt as if they had been amateurishly translated from another language If you don t want to read a whole book about the incidents, you might want to just look at the Wikipedia entry which is quite detailed and good excellent addition to mountain climbing literature Good companion to Ed Viestur s K2 book That one isstraight up reporting whereas this one recounts the 2008 disaster using a suspenseful narrative style It reads like fiction, with lots of dialog, cliffhangers and foreshadowing.Knowing what happened already, it was hard to read this book I had a pit in my stomach and dreaded what was to come But that means it works as a suspense novel.Remind me not to climb K2. This is an excellent book about the August 2008 season on K2 second highest mountain in the world when 11 climbers died There were a number of different expeditions on the mountain as well as a handful of solo climbers Graham Bowley, a British reporter for the New York Times, has done an amazing job in interviewing hundreds of people and recounting the events of these disastrous few days when so many perished I have read many books about the 1996 disastrous climbing season on Everest but no This is an excellent book about the August 2008 season on K2 second highest mountain in the world when 11 climbers died There were a number of different expeditions on the mountain as well as a handful of solo climbers Graham Bowley, a British reporter for the New York Times, has done an amazing job in interviewing hundreds of people and recounting the events of these disastrous few days when so many perished I have read many books about the 1996 disastrous climbing season on Everest but none about K2 I expect there are others about this disastrous season on K2 but I suspect that this is the definitive one to read and am glad I came across it first.As well as being about the 2008 season it also recounted many other expeditions to summit K2, including the eventual first successful ascent in 1954 It s very well written and researched and was interesting to read of some of the climbers whose names are familiar to me from Everest expeditions I knew of Peter Schoening as he turned back early in the 1996 Everest attempt due to a health issue I didn t know that in 1953, as a much younger man, he saved the lives of five fellow climbers who d tripped and all fallen as a group by digging in his ice axe and taking all their weights This book was full of all sorts of wonderful snippets like that and will stay with me for a long time Like everyone else who read Krakauer s Into Thin Air, I ve been obsessed ever since with tales of high altitude climbing, particularly when that climbing goes wrong This book is about the 2008 disaster on K2, which left 11 climbers dead One climber saw her husband die in an avalanche that barely missed her and another climber another one saved a fellow Sherpa who has lost his ice axe, only to lose his cousin the following day during a separate rescue mission This story shares some similarity Like everyone else who read Krakauer s Into Thin Air, I ve been obsessed ever since with tales of high altitude climbing, particularly when that climbing goes wrong This book is about the 2008 disaster on K2, which left 11 climbers dead One climber saw her husband die in an avalanche that barely missed her and another climber another one saved a fellow Sherpa who has lost his ice axe, only to lose his cousin the following day during a separate rescue mission This story shares some similarity to the 1996 Everest story overcrowding on summit day, miscommunication, questionable decisions, incredible acts of heroism and selfishness, and a natural disaster that left many climbers stuck after sundown in the Death Zone the area above 26,000 feet Unlike Krakauer s book, Bowley a reporter for the New York Times wasn t there during the event Instead, he interviewed most of the participants after the fact, and tries painstakingly to piece the narrative together Still, the confusion as to what exactly happened remains much the same as when Krakauer went through this exercise Altitude sickness and physical exhaustion impairs memories, no one wants to look bad, people get separated and just don t know what happened to their climbing partner, and so on His epilogue is interesting and shouldn t be skipped, as he goes into the details of how he secured interviews with some of those climbers, his impressions of them, and his thoughts on the remaining questions and controversies surrounding the event Having read several books about Everest at this point, I find it sinteresting to read about K2 While the mountain isn t as tall, it is widely acknowledged to be adifficult, technical and all around dangerous climb While stats vary, around 1 person dies for every 4 who summit If this story interests you, there is also a movie called The Summit currently streaming on Netflix in the US It mixes interviews, pictures and footage filmed by someone in Camp Four during this event pretty seamlessly with re enactments It ll help you put faces and locations to the names in this book This book presents an explanation of the tragedy that occurred on K2 in 2008, during which eleven people died The author provides an unbiased account of what took place, who did what, and why Bowley exposes the many factors involved, including lack of communication, delays in the ascent, questionable judgments, and bad luck Once oxygen deprivation to the brain is added to the mix, it became the proverbial recipe for disaster.The human drive to conquer conditions of extreme cold fascinates me This book presents an explanation of the tragedy that occurred on K2 in 2008, during which eleven people died The author provides an unbiased account of what took place, who did what, and why Bowley exposes the many factors involved, including lack of communication, delays in the ascent, questionable judgments, and bad luck Once oxygen deprivation to the brain is added to the mix, it became the proverbial recipe for disaster.The human drive to conquer conditions of extreme cold fascinates me to explore, to test the limits of endurance, to prove it can be done This book delivers on that score Where it falls short is in presentation, such as numerous typos, lack of proper punctuation, and segments that appear to be poor English translations from another language These annoyances detracted significantly from my reading experience and should have been caught before publishing I think any book on mountaineering benefits from the author having been there, done that This isof a factual account, which was fine, but I was expecting something akin to Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air This book suffers by comparison Recommended to readers who want to understand why mountaineering tragedies occur in hope of preventing them in the future It is hard not to compare this book to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakuaer However, there are some noticeable differences which I believe make this book apleasurable read The latter spent a far greater number of pages detailing the rich cultural history of Everest and the individuals who climbed it This book propels the readeror less straight into the action and, although there are segments which are dedicated to the history of K2, this in itself often provides the same enthralling read It is hard not to compare this book to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakuaer However, there are some noticeable differences which I believe make this book apleasurable read The latter spent a far greater number of pages detailing the rich cultural history of Everest and the individuals who climbed it This book propels the readeror less straight into the action and, although there are segments which are dedicated to the history of K2, this in itself often provides the same enthralling read as the main story itself In the same vein, Into Thin Air slowly builds to a climactic and tragic finale All The Way Down provides a steady stream of adrenalin fuelled excitement,or less throughout the entire text.It could be argued that some of the events and emotional aspects which are written are spurious in their accuracy This would be a justifiable charge However, I believe the book is a fargripping read as a result, that Bowley has attempted to strike a balance between drama and accuracy and that he has achieved this well, bearing in mind the difficulties which always will be present when trying to recollect events which occurred at such high altitude and in such life threatening circumstances Also, without these emotional aspects, accurate or otherwise, the book would simply read like a dry textbook, stating the facts This would be far less readable and therefore the emotions of those involved play a large part in ensuring that the readers attention is maintained.The book conveyed the tragic loss which one would feel were they actually climbing along with the mountaineers Into Thin Air lacks details and therefore loses that sense of intimacy and immediacy which No Way Down possesses I definitely preferred this to its predecessor and my personal opinion is that it is a must for any mountaineering enthusiast, or indeed anyone who enjoys reading about mountaineering enthusiasts In the tradition of Into Thin Air and Touching the Void, No Way Down by New York Times reporter Graham Bowley is the harrowing account of the worst mountain climbing disaster on K, second to Everest in height but second to no peak in terms of danger From tragic deaths to unbelievable stories of heroism and survival, No Way Down is an amazing feat of storytelling and adventure writing, and, in the words of explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the closest you can come to being on the summit of K on that fateful day Adventure and death sometimes go hand in hand Climbing K2 provides an abundance of mountaineering adventure with the always looming prospect of death This story is a riveting explanation of the personalities and decisions that lead to the tragic loss of eleven lives on the slopes of an unforgiving and heartless mountain. The jacket blurb calls this a riveting work of narrative non fiction Hardly It reads like a long newspaper article.


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