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Surviving K2 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Wilco van Rooijen

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WILCO VAN ROOIJEN: SURVIVING K2
Surviving two days in the Death Zone

In the summer of 2008 the 'Norit K2 expedition' climbed without additional oxygen the 8611 meter high peak of K2 in Pakistan. During the descent the expedition turned from triumph to tradedy. One of the biggest tradedy's in mountain climbing history. Statistical every quarter 'conqueror' will die on the "Killer Mountain". In 2008 11 climbers lost their life. The news was going over the whole world from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, BBC, New York Times etc.

Wilco van Rooijen, the Dutch expedition leader has been missing for three days and give up by the outside world. On his last strength he came back a life out of the 'Death Zone'. The 'Norit K2' Expedition 2008 paid a high price. What exactly took place that August 1, 2008? How could this tragedy have taken place?

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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 FROM THE MAN WHO LIVED THROUGH IT 6 juin 2012
Par Peter Zuckerman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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On K2 in 2008, Wilco was one of the best-equipped and best-trained mountaineers, and he knew what he was up against. But the other climbers relied on his preparation and his gear, and they slowed the ascent, setting the stage for a disaster. After Wilco and others tagged the summit much later in the day than they had intended, falling ice shredded the fixed lines that the climbers were depending on to get down. Darkness and changes to the made navigation difficult. As Wilco, oxygen deprived and lost, clawed his way down, he encountered gruesome scenes and had to make horrendously difficult decisions about what to do. He spent three days out in the open in or near the Death Zone -- a miraculously and terrifying feat -- and survived to tell the tale.

What makes SURVIVING K2 stand out is that Wilco truly knows climbing and truly know K2. He had been to the mountain before. He was there when everything happened. This background allows him to provide the reader with a precision of detail (altitudes, times, locations) that you don't get in other accounts. SURVIVING K2 is a mountaineer's account by someone who lived through it, making it one of the most informative and accurate stories of the disaster and a wonderful primary source. I admire Wilco as a climber, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book.

Peter Zuckerman
Author of BURIED IN THE SKY: The extraordinary story of the Sherpa climbers on K2's deadliest day
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not much information about the 2008 season 24 janvier 2013
Par BJJ fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read this hoping for an overview of the 2008 tragedy, but there was not much information about those events.

Chapter 2 Deals extensively with the logistics of his teams approach to setting up for summit day of 2008. It is very dry. We brought this up here, then these guys brought this, etc, for far too long.

Then chapter 3 and 4 take an aside to his previous, failed attempts at k2. Chapter 3 even details a climb which is not on k2 but does at least highlight his relationship with a key character of the main plot.

Finally chapter 5 begins and it is without question the highlight of the book. It gives a very detailed and excruciating account of his narrow survival. Then there is a rather cursory account of what else happened in the mountain.

It is not a bad book, just too much information that is not very relevant.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 It's all about ME 5 septembre 2013
Par David Henley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This account of a mountaineering disaster on K2 should have made me sympathetic...instead, I found myself repelled by the author's continual introspection and self-evaluation. Instead of marveling at his near-miraculous escape, I was left wondering if he learned anything at all...in spite of the deaths of close friends and companions. He seems to have an overwhelming compulsion that is unwavering even in the face of disaster and personal loss, and I just can't connect with that. A far better example of a book in this genre, which does, in fact, engage the reader is Joe Simpson's 'Touching the Void'
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good story 25 novembre 2012
Par JulieB - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read a lot of mountain climbing books. I have read every recitation of this event. I like the friendly style of Wilco's story telling. It did have a lot of English grammatical errors but that made it more lifelike that a Dutch person would tell the story like that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Captivating Survivor's Account 11 octobre 2012
Par Solowe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Surviving K2 by Wilco van Rooijen is very appropriately titled. Wilco survived K2 on more than one occasion. The book dives into who van Rooijen is and you are able to grasp his personality the further you go. This personality helps give a unique perspective into mountaineering and the dangers that are present, but also the rewards for success. By the time you get to the 2008 K2 expedition you understand Wilco's respect for the mountains he climbs and the people that climb with him. The dramatic detail from the entire wait during the summer of 2008 before the final summit bid until his ride in the rescue helicopter keep you on edge. Although this book does not detail everything that took place during this unfortunate disaster, you will find Wilco's journey fascinating.
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