Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day (Paperback)
As an avid armchair mountaineer, I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to this important 2012 book. Unlike most other titles in the category, Buried in the Sky not only gives indigenous climbers their due respect (something that a few other western writers of climbing memoir and reportage have finally started doing after decades of discrimination and condescension), its very focus is on the local alpinists of the Himalayas and Karakoram as well as their families and cultures. The research and writing here is superb, the product of a pair of journalist-cousins. Peter Zuckerman is an award-winning newspaperman. Amanda Padoan is a climber/climbing reporter and frequent contributor to ExplorersWeb. - Chris — From Chris Wilcox
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature
"Gripping, intense…Buried in the Sky will satisfy anyone who loved [Into Thin Air]." —Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
When eleven climbers died on K2 in 2008, two Sherpas survived. Their astonishing tale became the stuff of mountaineering legend. This white-knuckle adventure follows the Sherpas from their remote villages in Nepal to the peak of the world’s most dangerous mountain, recounting one of the most dramatic disasters in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.
Winner of the NCTE George Orwell Award and an official selection of the American Alpine Club Book Club.
About the Author
Peter Zuckerman is a non-fiction writer. He has received some of the most prestigious recognitions in American journalism. At age 26 he won the Livingston Award, the largest, all-media, general reporting prize in America. His writing has also received is the National Journalism Award and the Blethan Award.
Amanda Padoan is a historian who writes about communities affected by armed conflict. She holds degrees from Harvard and University of Cambridge. Her first book, Buried in the Sky, received the National Outdoor Book Award.
Enthralling…phenomenal research and vivid writing create a memorable portrait not only of the events on the mountain but also of the people who make modern high-altitude climbing possible.
— Michael J. Ybarra
Easily the most riveting and important mountaineering book of the past decade.
An indispensable addition to the genre…a long-overdue historical correction to the familiar mountaineering story.
— Matthew Power
An absorbing book that goes beyond the typical mountaineering tale…This book is mesmerizing.
— Sharon Haddock
It’s a testament to the thrills in this book that I scoured the notes, eager to learn how the authors wrote their account…The authors’ commendable documentary about the people who carry the gear is overtaken by the chilling adventure story of one terrible day on the mountain.
This compelling story brought back from K2’s slopes is a worthy tale about a little-known aspect of these high-stakes climbs.
— Colleen Kelly
Through phenomenal research, Zuckerman and Padoan have dug deeper than anyone else into one of the most mysterious tragedies in mountaineering history. Thanks to their efforts, the heroism and humanity of the Sherpa climbers who saved lives shine through the chaos and grief of that awful day on K2.
— David Roberts, co-author of K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain and author of Limits of the Known
An informative and inspirational book…I couldn’t put it down.
— Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay, author of Touching My Father's Soul
Buried in the Sky reveals the heroic deeds of the Sherpa…[It] brings to light how immensely strong, loyal, and talented the Sherpa climbers are. Finally credit is given, where credit is due.
— Ed Viesturs, bestselling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain
I admired Buried in the Sky and enjoyed it, too. Because the authors did their homework and wrote their story well, and most of all, because credit is given at long last to those who deserve it most.
— Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard
The Sherpas climb off the page and carry a narrative that is as fast and as gripping as their superhuman ascents.
— Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
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