One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Of Tragedy And True Heroism On K2 by Freddie WilkinsonOne Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Of Tragedy And True Heroism On K2 by Freddie Wilkinson

One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Of Tragedy And True Heroism On K2

byFreddie Wilkinson

Paperback | July 5, 2011

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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.
Freddie Wilkinson is a professional alpine climber, mountain guide, and author. He is the recipient of several honors, including the American Alpine Club's Robert Hicks Bates and Lyman Spitzer Awards, the Mugs Stump Award, the McNeill-Nott Award, the prestigious Piolet d'Or, and a grant from the National Geographic Expeditions Council....
Title:One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Of Tragedy And True Heroism On K2Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 5, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:045123331X

ISBN - 13:9780451233318

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good first book This was an interesting read for me. While I am not a mountain climber I love outdoor/wilderness adventure - hiking, trekking, scrambling, kayaking. I have read a number of climbing books and while they do not inspire me to scale K2 they do keep the magic of the wild alive for me while I am in the city and I respect the tenacity and dedication of truly professional alpinists. Freddie Wilkinson's book sets out to examine the events of the well known 2008 disaster on K2. As he does this Wilkinson, like so many others, is inexorably drawn to the magic/allure/mystery of the Sherpas, their culture and their often underplayed contributions to serious alpine achievements. As such this is an interesting look not only at the Sherpas' contributions but it also explains the roles and developing contributions of their cousins elsewhere in Nepal and in Pakistan. All too often the public misconceives a Sherpa as any "local Asian" "porter" who is employed by a foreign climbing expidition. While I have seen others attempt to clarify this error, Wilkinson has gone into more depth on this than I have read elsewhere in climbing books. While concentrating on the contributions of Nepalese and Pakistani climbers and supporters, Wilkinson also illustrates very well the role of and highlights unanswered questions about a number of the foreign climbers, e.g. Gerard McDonnell and Wilco van Rooijen among others. At the same time though there are many others about whom we learn almost nothing - Dren Mandic, Park Kyeong-hyo among them. Granted in a story with so many players not all can share the limelight but Wilkinson has undertaken an exhaustive study and even he in the end admits that he has not been able to cover all of the stories in as much depth as he might have liked. The book in many cases to me read like a series of magazine articles packed together in an intense and detailed review of the tragedy. The timeline changes frequently and requires the reader to remain actively involved in the story in order to stay abreast of where and how it all fits together. While this is often an effective style I felt that there was a bit too much of it, particularly in Part Three, and at times it felt like the book was struggling to stay together. This is a book which serious outdoor adventurers will enjoy though it may not be be for the armchair thrill seeker. I was once again impressed by the planning, logistics and dedication required to mount even a "lightweight" expedition to an 8,000 meter peak. The author touches on the often discussed subject of just who should be going out to tackle these big mountains - only the professionals or anyone with the cash to hire an army of professional supporters. While Wilkinson does not deal with that subject exhaustively no modern review of any alpine undertaking in the Himalayas would be complete without some consideration of this and the authour successfully checks that box. Through it all Wilkinson has delivered an in-depth study of what did or may have occurred on K2 in the summer of 2008. He has added considerable colour to the narrative with the detailed stories of and / or circumstances surrounding Chhiring Dorje, Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, Pasang Lama and Jumik Bhote. In my opinion this is a good first book from a professional alpinist and author of numerous magazine articles. I look forward to his next book.
Date published: 2012-03-21

Editorial Reviews

"[A] high altitude thrill ride." -Nick Heil, Author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season "From the very start, I found One Mountain Thousand Summits riveting." -Conrad Anker, Coauthor of The Last Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mt. Everest "The gritty oeuvre is not only intensely captivating, but also the most comprehensive and introspective account of the disastrous events that took place on K2 [in 2008]." -Alpinist "[One Mountain Thousand Summits] delves deeply and without hyperbole into what is really happening to high-altitude mountaineering." -Ed Douglas, Author of Tenzig: Hero of Everest "The book is moving and it succeeds thematically. One Mountain Thousand Summits finally offers hop that human dignity can prevail in the rarefied air above eight thousand meters." -Rock and Ice "Wilkinson focuses on the generally unsung guides and porters employed by the ill-fated 2008 expeditions, including a potted history of the Sherpas." -Financial Times "Freddie Wilkinson is one of his generation's best and most articulate mountaineers. K2 can be a savage mountain. Imagine yourself above 28,000 feet, in a storm, in the dark, and an avalanche has swept away your fixed ropes. Survival is on the line. Is it every man for himself or do you risk it all to help another? There is not one better to search for answers and relive the greatest drama on the world's most dramatic mountain than Freddie. This is a must read for climbers or for anyone who wants to know what it feels like to push yourself to the very edge and the lessons we can learn about ourselves and humanity from extreme adventure." -Geoff Tabin, Author of Blind Corners: Adventures on Seven Continents "In his One Mountain Thousand Summits, Freddie Wilkinson tells us what really happened high on K2 in August 2008 when eleven climbers lost their lives... Especially compelling is the credence Wilkinson gives to the surviving Sherpas' version of events and the way he weaves the affected families and loved ones into this amazing story of survivors and heroes. This is a must read because it illuminates the most complex and tragic two days in the mountain's history." -Jim Wickwire, Coauthor of Addicted to Danger and the first American (with Lou Reichardt) to summit K2 "One Mountain Thousand Summits is both a high-altitude thrill ride and an eloquent meditation on our infatuation with - and frequent misunderstanding of - individuals driven to climb to the highest places on earth. Thanks to Wilkinson's tenacious investigation, narrated with uncommon skill and grace, he has produced the definitive account of the much debated 2008 disaster on K2." -Nick Heil, Author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season "In a single two-day period, eleven climbers lost their lives on K2. In a mystery clouded by the haze of exhaustion, thin air, and poor communication we are left to wonder: What happened on August 1-2, 2008? With an insider's knowledge of Himalayan climbing, Wilkinson goes deep into the lives of the climbers and particularly the Sherpas on this fateful climb to produce a book that should be essential reading for those wanting to understand the disaster. From the very start, I found One Mountain Thousand Summits riveting." -Conrad Anker, Coauthor of The Last Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mt. Everest "Wilkinson is a talented alpinist himself, as well as an enquiring writer, and he takes nothing for granted... shrewdly structure to take full account of the Nepali climbers' and Sherpas' stories." -Ed Douglas, Author of Tenzig: Hero of Everest