Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day

Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day Author Peter Zuckerman
ISBN-10 0393345416
ISBN-13 9780393345414
Year 2013-06-03
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Gripping intense Buried in the Sky will satisfy anyone who loved Into Thin Air Kate Tuttle Boston Globe When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt Everest Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side Indeed for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background In August 2008 when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2 the worlds most dangerous peak two Sherpas survived They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth Based on unprecedented access and interviews Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp When disaster strikes in the Death Zone Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall without an axe waiting to die The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend At once a gripping white knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture Buried in the Sky re creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective 16 pages of illustrations 8 maps

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