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No Way Down by Graham Bowley
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Oct 30, 10

bookshelves: mountaineering, 2010-read
Read from October 24 to 30, 2010

There is something facinating (to me anyway) about mountaineering - what drives the mountaineer? How do they perceive the risk/reward equation and what happens when it all goes wrong?

I am not sure this book really adds a huge amount to my insight into those questions but is a gripping account of the drama and death that unfolded on K2 in August 2008. It seems that this mountain, above all others is terribly unforgiving and even when no mistakes are made by the mountaineer, can still exact a huge toll on those seeking to stand on its summit.

This account is interesting for its easy style of writing and fast pave rather than view into the psyche of the mountaineer and for the fact that Bowley is writing after the fact, relying on eye-witness survivor testimonies. This lends some perspective albeit that the distance necessarily comes through on occassion - he wasn't there after all.

A strong addition to contemporary, narrative,mountaineering literature

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