The account of one of the deadliest and most mysterious tragedies in mountaineering history the 2008 K2 disaster One Mountain Thousand Summits reveals the true story of the K2 tragedy that claimed the lives of eleven men Based on his numerous trips to Nepal and in depth interviews he conducted with the survivors, the families of the lost climbers, and the Sherpa guides whose heroic efforts saved the lives of at least four climbers, Freddie Wilkinson s narrative uncovers what actually occurred on the mountain, while delivering a criticism of the mainstream press s incomplete coverage of the event, and an insightful look into the lives of the six Sherpas who were involved....
|Title||:||One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2|
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One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 Reviews
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. After months of bad weather, a brief spell of warm sunny weather sent the becamped teams lunging for K2's summit, but the teams had a late start out of camp 4. The excessive heat during the day caused massive calving of seracs when the temperature plunged that evening. The fixed ropes from the traverse down the bottleneck were severed by avalanches that swept away some descending climbers and stranded others in the dark at the top of the traverse above the bottleneck. Exhausted from their summit push, some waited for daylight before venturing down, while others chose to navigate through the changed landscape in the dark sans fixed ropes.
Freddie Wilkinson should be highly commended for writing a book about a mountaineering tragedy from the climbing Sherpa's point of view. There are other books on the market which deal with the K2 tragedy, but this is the only one which focusses on the locals involved. In fact, in nearly a hundred years of Himalayan climbing, it is only one of three books to look at that enterprise from the Sherpa point of view.
I have now read nearly everything concerning the 2008 K2 tragedy, and I must admit this book is different in its approach, one that I like. One Mountain Thousand Summits by Freddie Wilkinson covers the tragedy from nearly every person involved, but most importantly includes the Sherpas. The prologue allows you to feel the sense of chaos that began just after dusk, not long after everyone had summited. Wilkinson, a mountaineer himself, is able to create the sentiment of each person in such detail that you might as well have been right there with everyone. You are transported from base camp to the bottleneck, through the traverse, up to the summit, and then into the darkness of this unfortunate disaster. You read exactly what happened with no prejudice and are introduced to each person and their heart. The final chapter `Belief' gives certain opinions (with plenty of logic and explanations) that are very difficult to argue.
I liked getting the insight from various points of view, as different Sherpas, and HAPs remembered the accident on K2. I appreciated the author trying to make sense of all of it. This needs to be read. By anyone who considers him/her self to be a mountaineer. Important reading to not repeat past mistakes but to also know that Nature plays by its own rules, not yours.