The Ghosts of K2 The Epic Saga of the First Ascent of K2
The extraordinary tale of the first ascent of the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram by an Italian team in 1954, succeeding where Fritz Wiessner, Charles Houston and Aleister Crowley had failed.
Most of us will never experience K2. Conefrey leaves readers with both tremendous admiration for and an appreciation of the consequences for those who succeed in an adventure so physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing.
There is a haunting tone to the very name K2, this impossible mountain upon the flanks of which so many lives have been lost. In this wonderful book Mick Conefrey manages to turn the sound of tragedy into a celebration of hope, a triumph of the spirit.
If The Ghosts of K2 has a hero, surely it is Charlie Houston, prime mover of the American 1938 and 1953 attempts, whose credo, lived out on his expeditions, was that ‘the way in which you make an attempt is as important as whether you get to the top’. ”
Using newly available source materials and interviews with surviving team members of past expeditions, author Mick Conefrey skillfully re-constructs a vivid and gripping history of the mountain.