Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 11, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 285 pages

"Buried in the Sky is a compelling account of the men who have literally shouldered the rest of the world’s mountaineers up K2." —Norman Ollestad, best-selling author of Crazy for the Storm

When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time.

Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend.

At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.
 

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User Review  - breic - LibraryThing

Not bad, but I've read enough mountaineering books that this didn't add much new. Compared to most alpinism literature, this is somewhat flat since the authors weren't there personally, and there are ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

I really applaud Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan for their efforts to tell the story of tragedy on K2 from the Sherpas' perspective in "Buried in the Sky: The extraordinary story of the Sherpa ... Read full review

Contents

Summit Fever
11
Doorway to Heaven
28
The Prince and the Porter
49
The Celebrity Ethnicity
64
InshaAllah
77
The Approach
95
Weather Gods
107
Ghost Winds
124
1O Escape from the Summit
163
Sonam
175
Survival
185
Buried in the Sky
193
The Fearless Five
204
The NeXt Life
217
Acknowledgments
231
Selected Bibliography
259

Through the Bottleneck
142

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About the author (2012)

Amanda Padoan is a mountaineer and alpine historian. She studied literature at Harvard University and law at Pepperdine School of Law. Amanda writes for Explorersweb and has contributed to Rock and Ice and The Alpinist.

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