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High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2

High Stories of Survival from Everest and K In this pioneering anthology Clint Willis presents years of great writing from Neil O Dell to Jon Krakauer on the fabled peaks Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the s a

  • Title: High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2
  • Author: Clint Willis
  • ISBN: 9781560252009
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this pioneering anthology, Clint Willis presents 75 years of great writing from Neil O Dell to Jon Krakauer on the fabled peaks Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the 1920s a piece on the 1939 K2 attempt that claimed four climbers lives a firsthand account by the Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary the sIn this pioneering anthology, Clint Willis presents 75 years of great writing from Neil O Dell to Jon Krakauer on the fabled peaks Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the 1920s a piece on the 1939 K2 attempt that claimed four climbers lives a firsthand account by the Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary the story of the first successful American assault on K2 in 1978 a British photographer s view of the calamitous 1996 storm on Everest and many a cornucopia of mountaineering thrills for adventurous readers.

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    1. Wendylou Biggs on said:

      don't bother it's excerpts from other writings assemebled together in aparently random order and some of the excerpts just jump in (not so bad) but then jump back out at a point that leaves you hanging (or thinking maybe you fell asleep so you rewind and listen again but no his partner has fallen behind, may be dead in the snow bank, and he is fairly close to the summit because the tibetan prayer flags give him a sense of scale end of excerpt )

    2. Nigel on said:

      Thoroughly enjoyable for anyone with a climbing bent reading wise. These are a good collection of stories about K2 and Everest over a number of eras. I found some of the earlier stories particularly interesting. In particular F S Smythe narrative of his climb on the 1933 Everest expedition was remarkable - the level of climbing with primitive equipment on an almost completely unknown route was very impressive. The other chapter I found really interesting was the one on the Wiessner controversy o [...]

    3. Sally Edsall on said:

      Even if you have never been anywhere near a mountain, this is aterrific book. Actually, I did put it down.had to when I got towork, or occasionally to turn the light out at night. The short story format makes it an excellent companion volume for dipping into.I found some of the K2 stories especially 'breath-taking' and the edge-of-the-seat drama present everywhere. I agree with the review that says the piece by widow Maria Coffey is a gem - another perspective on the mountain climbing experience [...]

    4. Halina on said:

      *Mild spoiler*Done and dusted. This book was interesting read as it provided short experts from different stories about everest and K2. Although I think I would of preferred to read the books as a whole instead of just short parts of them as sometimes I was confused to whether the mountaineers had actually made it home safe and alive.I think my favourite story in this book was not one that took place on the summit but one that described the aftermath of reaching the summit. This included having [...]

    5. Christy Keeler on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. So many climbing books have happy endings and many fail to tell of the true hardships faced by climbers on the highest peaks. This is an anthology written by numerous world renown mountaineers who tell of realities faced during and after their ascents of K-2 and Everest.In one story, an author recounts the after-effects of receiving frostbite. He does so in great detail—a condition I'd never read about. Too often, climbing books end with the success of the decent, n [...]

    6. Ray Savarda on said:

      Another can't-put-down selection of stories all about K2 and Everest.

    7. Ob-jonny on said:

      Fascinating selection of short stories about historical climbs of Everest and K2. The stories were written by the climbers themselves and so you get an honest, first person perspective which makes it especially powerful. The reader knows what each climber was thinking about at the time and the painful decisions that had to be made. I had never read stories about early attempts on either mountain before it had been first summitted and I thought it was so interesting. I'm used to reading books abo [...]

    8. Suman on said:

      I listened to "High" while enduring the monotonous training for my Mt. Rainier climb. "High" is not so much a book as selections from different mountaineering books and articles. One of stories I had read before in "K2: the Savage Mountain", and another one, about the Fritz Wiessner's 1939 K2 effort, was familiar since Dave Roberts, who wrote the article for this work, retold the story with Ed Viesturs in "K2: Life and Death on the World's Second Highest Mountain". The other five stories were co [...]

    9. Shana on said:

      I love to read about mountain climbing, for some reason, even though there is no way I would ever actually do it and I think the people who do it are kind of nuts. This book is actually a compilation of 8 short stories/excerpts from other books. I definitely liked the last 3 stories more than the first 5. I really enjoyed story number 6, about the guy with frostbite, which is both disgusting and darkly humorous. I also really enjoyed the story originally printed in "Outside" magazine about the 1 [...]

    10. Monique on said:

      Sixteen stories of survival from Everest and K2. Quite incredible stories. The thing that kept going through my mind was "why would anyone do this?" There are many accounts of people dying, being victims of altitude sickness, falling off the mountain,and yet the rest of the team just go on. times helpless to do anything other. One account tells how wonderful it was to have a ciggarrette at one of the camps! What??? Who smokes and does alpine climbing? They sacrifice all just to try to climb the [...]

    11. ej cullen on said:

      None of the stories included gives you the whole story, leaving you asking for more info. Maybe that was the editor's point, but frustrating nonetheless, as you're, in effect, directed to read a dozen other books to find out. Great true, adventurous semi-stories nonetheless if the dangers of losing your mind and literally freezing your fingers and toes off way above the rest of the world is your bag, so to speak. (Does one still have a 'bag' these days?

    12. Kris on said:

      I like this kind of adventure story. And I've recently discovered how much I like anthologies from B.'s post-apocalyptic phase. Nice kind of adventure where I'm never going to try it either--doesn't make me quite as nervous. One bad thing though: many were excerpts from other books, which I'm not necessarily going to read, and they didn't tell me how it "ended"!! I mean, did they die or not? Please just add a note at the end to sum up the rest of the trip!

    13. Sarah on said:

      This is one of the books that my husband brought home and I stole. I have been notorious for this lately. The book was a collection of stories, or I should say, excerpts of stories. I didn't like the excerpt idea.just as you're getting into a story of ascent or disaster, etc, the piece ends and you have no idea how the story completely unravels. Then off to another story. I hated this disjointed collection of stories that didn't have enough information to leave me satisfied.

    14. Hans on said:

      I love survival stories. The only problem with this series is that they are only short-stories, so they leave you yearning for more. They don't explain what happens to the hikers in the end or even give much context. A bit frustrating. That is the only reason it didn't get 5 stars.

    15. Ron S on said:

      An anthology devoted to the world's two highest summits spanning the years 1933 through 1996. The beauty of this book results from the qualities of its contributors, including Jon Krakauer, Galen Rowell, Walter Bonatti and Matt Dickinson.

    16. Dave on said:

      This is a collection of stories from various K2 and Everest books. Some of the excerpts where pretty good, but some felt incomplete. I think I'd much rather read the original books themselves. So I guess this is a good way to get a sampler and see which books you'd want to read in full.

    17. Carole on said:

      I found it interesting but he just gave you bits & pieces of different climbers experiences. Just when it got interesting it went off to another short description of another persons climb.

    18. Erneilson on said:

      Great climbing narratives of the highest peaks (Everest and K2).

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