The Last Step: the American Ascent of K2

The Last Step: the American Ascent of K2

Description

In September 1978, Rick Ridgeway, Jim Wickwire, Lou Reichardt and John Roskelley stood on the summit of K2, the first Americans ever to achieve this victory. Under the leadership of Jim Whittaker, they and their teammates had spent 67 days on the mountain, nearly all of them above 18,000 feet, where the stresses of high-altitude living, of monotonous food, of confinement in tiny tents for day after day of frustrating storms had worn them down to the core. The Last Step is Rick Ridgeway's inside story of this extraordinary expedition. It's about the people who, battered by the mountain and their isolation, overcame their individual fears, desire, and disappointments to work together to get somebody - anybody - to the top of K2. It's about the glorious success the team achieved, and about the perilous bivouac Jim Wickwire spent just below the summit without food, oxygen or shelter in temperatures of minus 40F. A mountaineering classic reintroduced with a 32-page colour insert, as well as a new foreword by mountaineer and Patagonian founder Yvon Chouinard,


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Details

Author(s)
Rick Ridgeway, Yvon Chouinard
Format
Paperback | 384 pages
Dimensions
152 x 228 x 33mm | 612g
Publication date
01 Aug 2014
Publisher
Mountaineers Books
Publication City/Country
Seattle, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations, maps, frontispiece, colour plates
ISBN10
1594858616
ISBN13
9781594858611
Bestsellers rank
1,765,589