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Surviving K2 (English Edition) par [van Rooijen, Wilco]
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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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15 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 FROM THE MAN WHO LIVED THROUGH IT 6 juin 2012
Par Peter Zuckerman - Publié sur
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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
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not much information about the 2008 season 24 janvier 2013
Par BJJ fan - Publié sur
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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.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid, Compelling Read 2 août 2012
Par R. Tobias - Publié sur
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This book is written by the leader of one of several teams who climbed K2 in the summer of 2008. He gives a fairly captivating account of the series of disasters that took a total of 11 lives, the worst year on K2 since the disastrous 1986 season (That disaster was chronicled in Jim Curran's 'K2: Triumph and Tragedy, a book I highly recommend). Wilco, the Dutch author of this book, is a remarkable man in many ways, very level-headed, and generous in spirit toward his climbing mates. A slight drawback to the book for me is that the bulk of it was actually focused on his two previous unsuccessful attempts at K2, along with other climbs. However, these climbs were eventful enough to make gripping reading, even if they weren't the main reason I read the book. His adventure on the N. face of the Eiger was particularly interesting. Throughout the book, even though I have read several on climbing and disasters, I was very frequently amazed at the great risks extreme climbers take. Even those who are extremely experienced and cautious are at risk from unpredictable events like falling rocks, sudden unpredictable winds, avalanches, serac falls, etc. The sense of near chaos and grave risk throughout the book is striking even before the main disaster is reached. The whole book is given from the author's POV, so some impact is lost as you do not read of some events as they happened, but only as the author heard about them afterward. One cannot help read w/ a sense of amazement and wonder at the rationalizations and optimistic viewpoints that these climbers make to perservere in their chosen activity. Also remarkable was the heartiness and determination of the author and others, many of whom survive situations that seem all but unsurvivable. A recommended read, though if you haven't read Curran's book, I would suggest starting there (see my review) and continuing w/ this book if you are still interested. BTW, I read the Kindle edition, which is not bad, but a drawback is that the photos are very small on a Kindle, and in a s/w fuzzy gray-scale color, so you really miss the impact of the spectacular scenery.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 It's all about ME 5 septembre 2013
Par David Henley - Publié sur
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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 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'
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Tragic 11 septembre 2014
Par danni smith - Publié sur
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This book is a very personal story about the Elite climbing world..the "8000-ers"..Much of it described in painfully honest words .It details primarily the Authors-own experiences with K2 and his journey to finally summit..but equally important he pays homage with deep respect to comrades who lost life doing what they loved. I was moved by the story, I found myself gripped with fear as the Author struggled to find his way out of a seemingly hopeless and life-threatening situation.
Still I found myself constantly referring to a dictionary to decipher certain terms or words used in that elite world of climbers...then again I suppose this book was written for these brave people who cannot resist the pull of these mighty peaks, as it should be.

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