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Synopsis: After an incident-packed 1938 attempt, an American team made another bid to climb the world's second highest peak the following year. The expedition was led by the mercurial Austrian emigre Fritz Wiessner. With the more experienced climbers recovering after the events of 1938, Wiessner was forced to take a weaker team that included a number of rich but inexperienced climber/adventurers. The problem was compounded by a personality clash between the leader and the second most experienced climber, Jack Durrance. The attempt reached a dramatic climax when Wiessner, returning from a final solo summit bid was forced to leave the stricken Dudley Wolfe in a high camp, descending to get assistance and supplies, only to find the lower camps had been emptied of all food and equipment. When a rescue attempt was finally mounted three leading Sherpas perished and Wolfe was found dead. The subsequent recriminations between Wiessner and Durrance have soured American climbing circles for over 50 years. With the help of the only-recently-available Durrance diaries, Putnam and Kauffman have made a re-examination of the decisions and actions that led to tragedy.
* Explains the complex tangle of events and personalities that led to the death of four men on the world's second-highest summit
* Reveals a trip diary found decades after the expedition uncover the disaster's contributing factors
Mountaineers everywhere had an opinion on this controversial story when it was first published. K2: The 1939 Tragedy unravels the complex tangle of events and personalities that led to four deaths on the 1939 American expedition to K2. With the aid of a recently available trip diary, this book challenges the conventionally accepted version of the story, explaining how five ill-prepared men were led by one strong, dedicated man on a mission beyond their collective abilities, in a land where people do not belong.
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Book Description Mountaineers Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0898863236I3N10
Book Description Mountaineers Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G0898863236I3N00
Book Description MOUNTAINEERS BOOKS, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Book in excellent condition. DJ is worn. New Arrivals. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # 17978089886323900. Bookseller Inventory # 17978089886323900
Book Description The Mountaineers, Seattle, Washington, 1992. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Published simultaneously in the U.K. by Diadem Books and in the U.S. by The Mountaineers. Bound in dark blue cloth-covered boards with a gold-lettered spine. Book is unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $19.95); edgewear at spine ends and corners; spine sun-faded. Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005494
Book Description Mountaineers Books 1992-08, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. 0898863236. Bookseller Inventory # 484947
Book Description Mountaineers Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0898863236 Good to very good. Minor moisture wear. Dust jacket shows light shelf wear. No highlighting. No underlining. Bookseller Inventory # 0898863236
Book Description Mountaineers,, Seattle:, 1992. Hardcover. The full story of the ill-fated Wiessner expedition. Black and white photographs. First printing. Very good in a very good (sun faded along the spine) dust jacket. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 52708
Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-250-63-5385805
Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # HH-250-63-5385805
Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 898863236