The Summit

How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2’s Deadliest Days

Ranked #88 in Mountaineering

On 1 August 2008, thirty-four climbers from across the world set out in their attempt to reach the summit of K2. Within twenty-eight hours, K2 had exacted a deadly toll: eleven lives were lost in a series of catastrophic accidents. A Nepalese Sherpa called Pemba Gyalje, along with five others, was at the centre of a series of attempts to rescue climbers who had become trapped in the Death Zone. Based on Pemba s eye-witness account and drawing on a series of interviews with the survivors The Summit is the most comprehensive telling of one of modern-day mountaineering s most controversial... more

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