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K2 the 1939 Tragedy

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Contemporary evidence sheds new light on the story of the 1939 American K2 expedition, which was marred by mystery and death.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Mountaineers Books
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Apr 01, 2013 Ensiform rated it liked it
The apparently infamous story of Fritz Wiessner's expedition to K2 in which climber (and financier) Dudley Wolfe and three Sherpas died. It contains new evidence on the story, notably Jack Durrance's diary. Durrance has heretofore been the scapegoat. The book also contained many appendices, like the official report, climbing charts, and so on. The book's writing style is childish: misused words, jumpy, rambling at times. Near the end it got repetitive, like a schoolchild attempting to meet an es ...more
Molly Sudmeier
Jul 17, 2015 Molly Sudmeier rated it really liked it
I'm a descendant of Chap Cranmer-- one of the mountaineers on the climb. It's the reason I picked up the book. The story is very interesting and the book well-researched.
Jan Strong
Jul 08, 2008 Jan Strong rated it liked it
These mountaineering books are compelling-I am drawn in by the stories and the people, not necessarily the writing. Most tragic and interesting.
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