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K2: The 1939 Tragedy by Andrew J. Kauffman
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A book that was supposed to set the record straight. It does indeed fill a literary gap which needed to be done. The authors, however, got a little carried away with themselves and missed what I felt was the most important thing to come from this expedition; the revelation Fritz Weissner discovered on his second summit attempt, that the gully beneath the frightening ice cliffs near the top of K2 (later to be named the bottle neck) provided viable access the upper slopes if one accepted a certain degree of risk. This fact was exploited by the eventual conquerors of K2. ( )
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In 1939 an American expedition attempted to make a first ascent of the world's second-highest peak, K2, in the Himalayas. Two members of the party came within 800 feet of the summit before turning back, and in the confusion and inclement weather that followed, four men lost their lives. Then one of the worst tragedies in mountaineering history, the 1939 K2 disaster was also noteworthy for its mystery and intrigue. Could any of the climbers be faulted for their actions? And if so, who? Surviving members added to this intrigue with their reticence.

The authors of K2: The 1939 Tragedy retrace the expedition's footsteps through compelling personal diaries as well as recently uncovered documents, and their effort to unravel one of mountaineering's great mysteries makes for thrilling reading.

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