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

ISBN-10: 0393345416
ISBN-13: 9780393345414
Edition: 2013
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550

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 world’s 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.

Amanda Padoan is a mountaineer and alpine historian. She studied literature at Harvard University and law at Pepperdine School of Law. Amanda writes for Explorersweb and has contributed to Rock and Ice and The Alpinist. Her friend, Karim Meherban, died in the 2008 K2 disaster.

List of Maps
List of Characters
Author's Note
Prologue: The Death Zone
Ambition
Summit Fever
Doorway to Heaven
The Prince and the Porter
The Celebrity Ethnicity
Insha' Allah
Conquest
The Approach
Weather Gods
Ghost Winds
Through the Bottleneck
Descent
Escape from the Summit
Sonam
Survival
Buried in the Sky
The Fearless Five
The Next Life
Acknowledgments
Background Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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