Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day
The authors did a great job combination cultural characteristics, with history and regional description, and the story of how and why the Sherpas became porters for the climbers. How their names are given and why ...more
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day really is, well, an extraordinary story.
If you’re at all like me, the idea of climbing huge mountains seems utterly ridiculous. What drives people to need to reach the summit of these forbidding peaks, risking their lives and making enormous investment of time and money to do so?
Many mountaineering adventure books follow the climbers, their backgrounds, and their experiences. Buried ...more
The book begins in the Bottleneck, which is located on the most dangerous section of the mountain known as the Death Zone. There one of the Sherpas, Chir ...more
This book actually looks at a mountain tragedy with the focus on the Sherpas. Instead of the focus on white and Japanese people climbing a mountain, the reader is given information about what causes people to make a living shelpping stuff up and down mountains fo ...more
So that makes me a hypocrite of sorts because, for the life of me, I ...more
Most armchair mountaineers are familiar with the tragedy in the Himalaya in 1996 when eight climbers died on Mt. Everest when they were trapped by weather in the “Death Zone” above 26000 feet on the highest mountain on earth. However, until I picked up Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day by Pet...more
While there are many accounts of courage and superhuman endurance in Himalayan mountaineering literature, these stories all to frequently relegate the role that Sherpas play in successful summit bids to short footnotes, or, astonishingly, ignore their contributions completely. Fixed lines, which lead to many a successful mountaineering expedition, do not appear by magic, or out of a vacuum, but are generally laid by Sherpas, native climbers from Tibet, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Buried in the Sky: The ...more
What was interesting about this book that instead of focusing on the climbers it centered more around the porters who make it possible. Sherpa's have been assisting climbers since Hillary reached the summit of Everest in 1953. There are low altitude porters and high altitude porters, th ...more
I keep thinking about the people and cultures documented here. I marvel that people who lost parts of their bodies but seem to think that climbing K2 was worth it. The Sherpas have such different spiritual views.
This book also gave me grateful awareness of the simple things that I h ...more
Tragic, yet a courageous story of climbers who pursue to the bigger challenge (K2). This mountain is known to be tougher than Everest, and the top tier climbers take on the challenge.
The author shares about Sherpas' culture and how it relates as they serve as porters for climbers around the world. I found this information interesting as a lover of facts.
Author explains how the climbers re ...more
Great background on life for the Sherpa and in the Himalaya villages. I found myself doing Google searches to see photos of some of the places and to get some background on some things I hadn't heard of. (Word of warning - do not Google "sky burial" and look at the images unless you're not bothered by images of bodies).
As one reviewer put it, the Sherpa are the real heroes of the climbing expe ...more
Before reading this book, I had gotten my answer partly right given my cultur ...more
It is cle ...more
I loved the focus on the Sherpa, Bhote and Shimshali (Pakistani) High Altitude Climbers and Guides.
This book belongs on the shelf next to Into Thin Air and The Climb and Left For Dead.
Who should read it: Anyone who has been to Nepal or Pakistan to do trekking or climbing, anyone interested in Mountaineering and Summit chasing for any reason.
I bought this in Kathmandu, Nepal, after ...more
that does it, I'm NOT climbing K2, ever.
But reading about it -- the technical challenges, the extreme conditions, the terrifying predicaments, effects of oxygen deprivation on decision-making [i wanted to jump across time and warn people not to ignore the deadline for turning around so they wouldn't be descending in the dark], heroism involved ...more
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