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
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.
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