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No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 [Kindle Edition]

Graham Bowley
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Riveting and powerful; an extraordinary story of an extraordinary tragedy. Reading No Way Down is the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day (Sir Ranulph Fiennes )

A page-turning, utterly fresh take on the mountaineering experience, an Into Thin Air for a new century of adventurers, about a mountain even more treacherous than Everest (Doug Stanton, Author Of Horse Soldiers )

Unputdownable... a portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival' (Financial Times )

Artfully and assiduously pieces together an account of a fractious day in brutal real time. Fatality by fatality… devastating (New York Times )

A tour de force of a book...a triumph of storytelling (Associated Press )

I read this book in a single, sweaty-palmed sitting, and not because I intended to. I simply couldn't put it down. (Nick Heil, Author Of Dark Summit )

Brisk and engrossing... Bowley reveals a deep sympathy for his characters and their quest (Wall Street Journal )

Thrilling and wrenching (Kirkus Reviews )


No Way Down is both a gripping read and a clear-eyed investigation of the hubris, politics, and bad luck that brought on one of the worst disasters in modern mountaineering history.” — Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

“Graham Bowley’s No Way Down does a great job of putting you on the mountain. It is a refreshingly unadorned account of the true brutality of climbing K2, where heroes emerge and egos are stripped down, and the only thing achieving immortality is the cold ruthless mountain.” — Norman Ollestad, author of Crazy for the Storm

In the tradition of Into Thin Air and Touching the Void, No Way Down by New York Times reporter Graham Bowley is the harrowing account of the worst mountain climbing disaster on K2, second to Everest in height... but second to no peak in terms of danger. From tragic deaths to unbelievable stories of heroism and survival, No Way Down is an amazing feat of storytelling and adventure writing, and, in the words of explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, “the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day.”


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The New York Times reporter interviewed most of the survivors and many other people involved in the 2008 K2 tragedy to tell the minute-by-minute story. Each of the climbers are briefly profiled. There are 16 pages of colour photos, many by Lars Flato Nessa, and one map.

The book starts with American Eric Meyer and Swede Fredrick Strang climbing to the Bottleneck on August 1, 2008, and seeing that there was a bottleneck of slowly movng climbers in front of them, turning around and going back to Camp IV. The other climbers continued, but Serbian Dren Mandic unclipped from the rope and fell to his death. Meyer and Strang climbed back up to help them bring down Mandic's body, but then porter Jehan Baig slipped and fell to his death. Later that night, they used a strobe light to try and direct returning climbers.

Spaniard Alberto Zerain switched from Broad Peak to rush up K2, moving to the head of the climbers, fixing ropes through the Traverse and then breaking trail all the way to the summit. He sat on the summit for awhile and then at 15:40 started his descent. He passed the other ascending climbers an hour later, and continued his descent safely to Camp III.

Norwegians Cecile Skog and young teammate Lars Flato Nessa reached the summit around 17:30. On their descent, Cecile re-joined her husband Rolf Bae who had stopped on the summit snowfield. Rolf led the three of them as they descended through the Traverse just after dark. "But at that point, the mountain began to shake. There was a precise crack and roar. ... the rope ended abruptly, as if cut by a knife." Rolf Bae had been killed by the first serac ice avalanche, and now there was no fixed rope to help the climbers behind to climb through the Bottleneck.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen amazing, thrilling and.terrifying 28. November 2014
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I coudn't stop to read. I went through every moment of this terrifying drama ! Worth to read if you are interested in climbing any of the extreme high mountains.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but not comprehensive 17. Juli 2010
Von Steve Harrison - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is about the events of August 1-4, 2008 on K2. The author interviewed most or all of the other people on the mountain and produced this narrative by assembling and reconciling their accounts.

The story is told almost entirely through their eyes. The result is a interesting and absorbing book but not one that draws conclusions. For example, no one actually saw the icefall that caused the tragedy and so it is never really described; the reader is allowed to piece together what happened based on some basic information about ice formations and on what the witnesses did see or hear. And no blame is cast but those of us whose climbing experience consists of reading books about it are left to spot what seem to be common problems -- delays going up, weak individual climbers, questionably-set ropes.

The epilogue reveals that the author did ask his interviewees about blame, so perhaps they did not adequately agree or perhaps an editorial decision was made that that information did not fit this sort of point-of-view storytelling. The epilogue also frankly acknowledges that others have put the evidence together differently; their versions put some individuals in a better light but do not basically change what happened.

The book's scope is limited to what happened to certain people at a particular time near the top of the mountain. It is not for those more interested in a comprehensive review of what went before, or of what went wrong, or of K2 mountaineering in general.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Chilling Reality 5. Juli 2010
Von Paul M. Provencher - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have always been fascinated by stories of mountain climbing. And I have always been afraid of falling from great heights. So for me a life that included technical climbing was never in the cards.

Notwithstanding, I enjoy a connection with the outdoors and love all seasons. I love the stark beauty of extreme weather and high places. This story teaches us a little about those people who are willing to chance their life to reach the worlds most extreme environments and extreme elevations. For me it is one of the only ways I will ever experience places like K2.

The story takes us through the final stages of ascent to the summit and return trip down. A number of individuals are described and their individual personalities are revealed, though at times it's a little difficult to keep them all straight.

But the account of the final climb to the summit was so compelling to me that I found it hard to put this book down. The author managed to make me feel cold, feel the fear of falling off the mountain. I could imagine the desolation, desperation and dispair that the people must have felt, and even the elation of achieving the goal of reaching the summit.

One thing this story made clear for me was that reaching the summit of a peak like K2 really is just one part of the whole picture. Getting back down in one piece is quite another. In this story we are taken into the expedition and learn in detail the many ways the return trip can go wrong in the blink of an eye.

As a result of reading this story I will never again see my own outdoor exploits as anything even remotely approaching the "extreme". An assault on K2 ranks right up there with trying to reach the moon.

I liked the author's self-revealing introduction where he admits his almost total lack of prior experience with the world of mountain climbing, and at the end of the book the great detail he shares about how the book was written, based on interviews, historical and expedition accounts published by others. All this really helped put the account into perspective and enriches the basis of the story.

I would have liked to have seen some illustrations showing the layout of the landmarks in the story, and the routes taken by the climbing teams. Not familiar with K2 it was a little hard to put the proportion of the climb into perspective.

The part of the story before the teams reached the fourth camp is also a bit thin, leaving out perhaps a lot of mundane information, but I suspect that climbing up to the last camp was itself no easy feat and must have had some interesting elements to be told, for certainly many who reached the last camp did not attempt the summit.

Overall I found this a very satisfying read, even to the point of making me feel a little like wishing I was young enough to learn to climb, overcome my fears, and only then consider an expedition of a lifetime (literally) like this.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Meh. 18. Juni 2011
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I have read just about every book in the "mountain disaster" genre.

Here are my problems with this book:

* The quality of the writing is poor.

* The author launches right in to the climb itself with almost no preliminaries about the personalities involved in the tragedy, their character strengths, weaknesses, quirks, motivations, histories, ties, rivalries. So, I did not feel invested in the characters, or "pulled in" the way I have been by other books.

* The author admits he had no prior interest in mountaineering, and it really shows. His lack of *expertise* does not bother me so much as his almost total nonchalance! He writes as if he wanted to just dive into this story and get it overwith and off his back as soon as possible.

I bumped this book from one stars up to two, based on the fact that the reporting seems to be unbiased. Good journalistic integrity.

But don't spend your money on this one, when there are so many fantastic alternatives for your reading pleasure! Here are just a few of the best:

Savage Summit (also about k2)
Touching the Void
Eiger Dreams
Annapurna - A Woman's Place
No Shortcuts to the Top
The Climb
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another and better perspective . 17. August 2010
Von Gerald R. Adams - Veröffentlicht auf
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Everyone who found "No Way Down" interesting should also read "One Mountain Thousand Summits " by Freddie Wilkinson for further insight into the events at K2 in August 2008 . While Graham Bowley's "No Way Down" contains a very helpful chronology and is an admirable attempt at presenting a balanced view of the participants ,his obvious ignorance of climbing simply hampered his ability to tell the whole story . Freddie Wilkinson is an experienced climber and because of that is much more able to understand and communicate the signifcance of the events and how Himalayan climbing has evolved to the point that a disaster like K2 in August 2008 could happen in the first place . That is why Jon Krakauer in "Into Thin Air" was able to interest the non-climbing public in a way non-climbing authors couldn't . I'm glad I read Mr. Bowley's book first but found that it left too many unanswered questions about too many things .
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Decent but not great 12. August 2010
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This is a reasonably well-written, information-filled book. However, I have read other mountaineering related books that are better, such as "Into Thin Air".

There is really nothing wrong with the book, but I just didn't find it as good as other similar books. Also, while I hate to see anyone die, I find it hard to feel sympathy for some of these people who really shouldn't be on a mountain to begin with or who do things that aren't real smart while they are there.

If I had to pick just one mountain-disaster book, it would not be this one. However, if you want to learn what happened during this particular 2008 K2 disaster, this book is very good at describing the people and events that transpired. In fact, it is very, very good at giving the reader a picture of who did what and what happened when.

However, in the end, I think this is just an average book that I thought was informative but not really all that interesting.
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