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The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  314 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by W. W. Norton Company (first published August 16th 2010)
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Mary Joy
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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Three stars.

There were actually 4 men who died on the mountain: 1 American and 3 Nepalese sherpas. So while Miss Jordan may talk about Wiessner's ethnocentrism, she should also point the finger at herself.

Regardless, this was an engaging read; perhaps a good counterpoint to other books that have painted Dudley Wolfe as a clumsy oaf when in fact he was every bit as capable, physically and mentally, as anyone else on the team. The fact that he went higher than other more capable members of his tea
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Der-shing
I enjoyed this book very much. Jordan did a great deal of research and it really shows... the only negative I had was about her portrayal of Dudley as some kind of exalted figure. I'd agree with her (based on her writing) that he wasn't simply a caricature of a millionaire, but I don't know if I'd go so far as to call him a hero either. He seemed more like a normal person with an adventurous spirit who met an unfortunate end thanks to a tragic choice of teammates and lack of communication.

I'd re
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Sean Hopkins
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting story about the tragic attempt by an American team to climb K2 in 1939. The death of Dudley Francis Wolfe, a middle aged millionaire, after he was abadoned at Camp VII at an elevation of over 25,000 feet was the subject of great controversy and all of the surviving members of the expedition had different version of the events that resulted in tragedy. This book reminds one of the importance team work in the world of climbing the world's highest mountains.
Liz Nutting
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
[Erratum: In this review, I state that K2 was first summited more than 20 years after the first full ascent of Everest in 1953. That is incorrect. K2 was first summited by an Italian mountaineering team on July 31, 1954, a little over a year after Hillary and Tenzing reached the top of Everest. The summit of K2 was not reached again, however, until 1977, by a Japanese expedition. The first American team to reach the summit did so in 1978.]

I've mentioned before that I have a fascination with book
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Michael
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a sad and remarkable story. I'm fascinated by stories of mountaineering and the extreme danger of climbing the highest peaks, like K2. I certainly understand the desire to see the beauty of mountains but cannot at all understand risking my life to climb one.

There were so many reasons this expedition failed but none of them really belonged to Dudley Wolfe or the Sherpas who died trying to rescuer him. It is a compelling story of how not to run a climbing expedition, how not to let the lea
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Karen Thompson
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
What a tragedy! If this happened in today's media the group's leader and the decision to strip the lower camps would bring on a murder investigation, not a whitewashed inquiry.
Mosco
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sono stufa di sottolineare refusi e formattazioni garibaldine. Mi scandalizza come molti editori trattino l'ebook come prodotto di seconda scelta, scarto, al quale non serve dedicare nemmeno il minimo dell'attenzione. Questo è inqualificabile. Infinite parole spezzate col trattino come fossero a fine riga:"que- sto, pro- duttiva, soprat- tutto" etc etc.; "600,000" invece che 600.000, un paio di righe di una nota che si mescolano al testo e viceversa; "a causa dalla guerra" "uno più facoltosi d’A ...more
Eryn
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As someone who typically reads a lot of nonfiction, I really enjoyed this book. As someone who has spent a lot of time with mountain climbers, I thought this book rang rather true to form for how some of them think and behave, and that includes adventurous millionaires. (Honestly, if you're going to be an adventurer, being a millionaire helps. A lot.) Jordan describes the people involved through an educated lens, both in mountaineering and in research. I found the book meticulously detailed wher ...more
Mallory
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and finished it rather quickly. It focused more on the back story and what happened before/after the climb, rather then on the climb itself. I do not like how Jordan went back and forth on using character's first and last names. She should be consistent. She refers to Fritz as Fritz, then a few lines down as Wiessner, it was irritating.
Claire
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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