Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain

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HarperCollins, Jan 4, 2005 - Social Science - 303 pages
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Narrative non-fiction at its most gripping. Journalist Jennifer Jordan chronicles the individual stories of the five courageous women who have climbed K2, the most fearsome mountain in the world.

Climbers call K2 "The Savage Mountain." It is not quite as tall as Everest, but is far more dangerous, located at the border of China and Pakistan in the deadly Karakoram range which has the harshest climbing conditions and weather of any place in the world. 90 women have climbed Everest, but only five female climbers have ever reached the summit of K2 alive. Three of these women died on the way back down the mountain, and the other two have died since their climb. Because these five women who defeated the most ferocious of all mountains have lost their own voices, Savage Summit tells their tragic and compelling stories. The women are forced to deal with harsh conditions from the mountain and from the men climbing around them, often being treated unfairly or discriminated against in their struggle to get to the summit. Savage Summit also attempts to answer tough questions: do female climbers rely too much on their male climbing partners? Are women prepared for the physiological and emotional rigors of K2? Are female climbers, because of the publicity and sponsorship opportunities afforded them, climbing the mountain without the proper training, endangering their own lives and the lives of those who climb with them? And, if women are as capable as men of climbing this most deadly peak, who will be next to attempt the long trek to the summit?

Through their victory and disaster, success and heartbreak, this is the story of the five brave women who have triumphed, through strength of spirit and will, over the many obstacles presented by the Savage Mountain, and the stories of those attempting to follow them.

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Review: Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain

User Review  - Nigel - Goodreads

I am a lover of non-fiction books on the great outdoors and climbing biographies and autobiographies in particular. The premise here is "why are the vast majority of mountaineering books about men and ... Read full review

Review: Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain

User Review  - Raven - Goodreads

Interesting but ultimately kind of depressing... not that the author could do much about that! You know from the start that all five women covered are dead. She's aiming to tell the stories of their ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Jennifer Jordan has lived at the base of K2 twice while writing and producing the National Geographic documentary The Women of K2. She is a writer, producer, public speaker, and journalist, having created, produced, and hosted her own public radio talk show. Jennifer lives with her husband, filmmaker and adventurer Jeff Rhoads, in Salt Lake City.

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