K2, the Savage Mountain: The Classic True Story of Disaster and Survival on the World's Second Highest Mountain

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Globe Pequot, Nov 1, 2008 - History - 184 pages
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When eleven climbers died on K2 on August 1, 2008, it was a stark reminder that the world's second-highest mountain has, for more than a century, been regarded as the most difficult and dangerous of all—for every four people who reach the top, one dies in the attempt. K2, The Savage Mountain tells the dramatic story of the 1953 American expedition, led by Charles S. Houston, when a combination of terrible storms and illness stopped the team short of the 28,251-foot summit. Then on the descent, tragedy struck, and how the climbers made it back to safety is renowned in the annals of climbing.

 

K2, The Savage Mountain captures this sensational tale with an unmatched power that has earned this book its place as one of the classics of mountaineering literature.

  

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Review: K2, The Savage Mountain: The Classic True Story of Disaster and Survival on the World's Second Highest Mountain

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

A little slow the first chapter of mountain history but after that I couldn't put it down. I love that the book was written as a team because of their emphasis on the necessity of a real team spirit required for this K2 attempt. Really excellent. Read full review

Review: K2, The Savage Mountain: The Classic True Story of Disaster and Survival on the World's Second Highest Mountain

User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

Edge of the seat, white knuckle account of one of the most daring expeditions of all time! Read full review

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Contents

THE CALL TO CLIMB
1
HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL
3
PREPARATIONS
15
TO THE MOUNTAIN
24
TO THE FOOT OF ABRUZZI RIDGE
39
THE ATTACK IS LAUNCHED
47
STORM WARNING
58
STEEP ROCK AND STEEP ICE
69
BASE CAMP AGAIN
125
OUT FROM THE MOUNTAIN
130
APPENDIXES
141
CHRONOLOGY
143
EQUIPMENT
147
FOOD
159
MEDICAL PROBLEMS
165
FINANCES
174

THE HIGHEST MEN IN THE WORLD
76
THE ACCIDENT
91
THE BIVOUAC
101
FROM CAMP VII TO CAMP II
111
TRANSPORT
177
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
183
INDEX
185
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Charles S. Houston, M.D. (1913?2009) and Robert H. Bates (1911?2007) organized the American expeditions to K2 in 1938 and 1953. Their other book, Five Miles High (The Lyons Press), told the account of the earlier expedition. Dr. Houston practiced internal medicine and was later a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont. Bates, a past president of the American Alpine Club, received his doctorate in English and taught at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He died on September 27, 2009.

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