No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 (2020)

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  • Title: No Way Down: Life and Death on K2
  • Author: Graham Bowley
  • ISBN: 9780061834790
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 Graham Bowley No Way Down is both a gripping read and a clear eyed investigation of the hubris, politics, and bad luck that brought on one of the worst disasters in modern mountaineering history Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed Graham Bowley s No Way Down does a great job of putting you on the mountain It is a refreshingly unadorned acc No Way Down is both a gripping read and a clear eyed investigation of the hubris, politics, and bad luck that brought on one of the worst disasters in modern mountaineering history Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed Graham Bowley s No Way Down does a great job of putting you on the mountain It is a refreshingly unadorned account of the true brutality of climbing K2, where heroes emerge and egos are stripped down, and the only thing achieving immortality is the cold ruthless mountain Norman Ollestad, author of Crazy for the StormIn the tradition of Into Thin Air and Touching the Void, No Way Down by New York Times reporter Graham Bowley is the harrowing account of the worst mountain climbing disaster on K2, second to Everest in height but second to no peak in terms of danger From tragic deaths to unbelievable stories of heroism and survival, No Way Down is an amazing feat of storytelling and adventure writing, and, in the words of explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day.
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  1. Suman

    EDIT I have since read One Mountain Thousand Summits , which I find to be a detailed and accurate portrayal of the 2008 K2 disaster If you have time to only read one book, read that one No Way Down is probably the single most detailed account of the 2008 K2 disaster in which 11 people died on the mountain Graham Bowley, writer for the New York Times, does an admirable job collecting interviews from survivors and teammates and putting together an easily digestible and gripping narrative I read t [...]

  2. Melissa

    Yikes This book is rather gruesome than most of the mountain woe books I ve read People just go sliding right off cliffs, someone finds another team member s eyeball in the snow after an avalanche and later on, that same person s penis is described as frozen Which makes sense in its bluntness leads me down all sorts of unpleasant avenues regarding man bits and why no one has ever mentioned before what goes on down there at 28,000 feet And what about the women How exactly does one go at such a h [...]

  3. Eric_W

    The hour by hour story of the infamous K2 expedition in 2008 that claimed the lives of eleven climbers The author interviewed many of the survivors and pieced together the most likely series of events from their accounts, although in spots his delving into minds of those who died, while probably as accurate as one could be, still remain speculative Nevertheless, there are segments of nail biting suspenseAfter having waited several months into the very short summer climbing season on K2, the seco [...]

  4. Amar Pai

    Good companion to Ed Viestur s K2 book That one is straight up reporting whereas this one recounts the 2008 disaster using a suspenseful narrative style It reads like fiction, with lots of dialog, cliffhangers and foreshadowing.Knowing what happened already, it was hard to read this book I had a pit in my stomach and dreaded what was to come But that means it works as a suspense novel.Remind me not to climb K2.

  5. Joy D

    This book presents an explanation of the tragedy that occurred on K2 in 2008, during which eleven people died The author provides an unbiased account of what took place, who did what, and why Bowley exposes the many factors involved, including lack of communication, delays in the ascent, questionable judgments, and bad luck Once oxygen deprivation to the brain is added to the mix, it became the proverbial recipe for disaster.The human drive to conquer conditions of extreme cold fascinates me to [...]

  6. Vanessa

    Like everyone else who read Krakauer s Into Thin Air, I ve been obsessed ever since with tales of high altitude climbing, particularly when that climbing goes wrong This book is about the 2008 disaster on K2, which left 11 climbers dead One climber saw her husband die in an avalanche that barely missed her and another climber another one saved a fellow Sherpa who has lost his ice axe, only to lose his cousin the following day during a separate rescue mission This story shares some similarity to [...]

  7. Andrew

    It is hard not to compare this book to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakuaer However, there are some noticeable differences which I believe make this book a pleasurable read The latter spent a far greater number of pages detailing the rich cultural history of Everest and the individuals who climbed it This book propels the reader or less straight into the action and, although there are segments which are dedicated to the history of K2, this in itself often provides the same enthralling read as the mai [...]

  8. Anthony Whitt

    Adventure and death sometimes go hand in hand Climbing K2 provides an abundance of mountaineering adventure with the always looming prospect of death This story is a riveting explanation of the personalities and decisions that lead to the tragic loss of eleven lives on the slopes of an unforgiving and heartless mountain.

  9. Greg

    The jacket blurb calls this a riveting work of narrative non fiction Hardly It reads like a long newspaper article.

  10. Jessica

    I m embarrassed to say that I got a good quarter of the way through this book before finding out from that I had actually read it before In my defense, I already knew the general story, so I figured any vague sense of familiarity came from that Anyway, it s a grim, occasionally gory, quite gripping tale about a terrible few days on K2 in 2008 If you re into mountaineering disaster stories as I inexplicably am , you might enjoy it Twice, even.

  11. Marianne

    Why do people do this Why do they walk underneath killer, overhanging glaciers, creep along impossibly steep ice walls, relinquish fingers and toes to frostbite, watch friends plummet thousands of feet to their deaths This is the absolute definition of horror to me Freddy Krueger and Hannibal Lectre have nothing on K2 Scratching my head in great flummoxment, I decided to read some blogs and articles online written by true blue climbers They regularly used words like beauty, grace, joy and elegan [...]

  12. Steven

    The story itself was good, but there were some issues with how the book was laid out that I did not like For instance, the narrative often jumped time without much warning flashbacks, and within the timeline of the events transpiring on K2 Sometimes it was difficult to keep track of who was doing exactly what where, and while I totally understand the equivalent of the fog of war on the mountain, the book was written with the help of hindsight, so I think the overall narrative structure could ve [...]

  13. Erin

    I kinda feel sorry for all mountain disaster books that follow Into Thin Air, for they will always be compared to Krakauer s masterpiece On the other hand, they do benefit from the resulting popularity of the genre and probably earn a lot money thanks to Krakauer.No Way Down is a decent book not great, but decent I like the way Bowley tells the story through his different characters, tracing each part of the story from the perspective of those involved at that stage of the disaster First he let [...]

  14. Sonia Almeida Dias

    This was a very good book And it was about K2, and not the Everest, which is refreshing I knew next to nothing about this mountain, and if you read any of my previous reviews you should know that I love to learn from the books I read I ve learnt a lot About the mountain, but especially about myself I believe I am a very lucky person, because I feel happy with simple things I do not need to climb a mountain and feel close to death, to get this feeling of being alive I get immense pleasure with si [...]

  15. Steve Fisher

    I think I ve read at least a dozen books about Mt Everest That said, I knew that the time would come when I would start reading books about the difficult climb K2 While it s clear that this book is written by a skilled writer, he is, nonetheless a writer who is new to mountaineering He is no Krakauer or Viesturs climbers who happen to be good writers Bowley admits his lack of climbing experience immediately, which in some ways makes it evident that this book is the result of long hours attempti [...]

  16. Rebecca Huston

    There is something about climbing mountains that I am fascinated by I can t really describe it, but despite my current condition, I still find myself enthralled by it No Way Down describes a day on K2, the second highest peak in the world, when eleven hikers were killed when a glacier gave way K2 is considered to be one of the most dangerous mountains to climb, and has a record of one in four climbers not making it back down again That s a frightening statistic when you think of it Bowley goes i [...]

  17. Lacey

    The K2 expedition in August 2008 is an amazing story to be told Unfortunately, I don t feel like this book aptly told it The text jumps around and I struggled to follow who was doing what and when they were doing it I do, however, have to give credit to the author for trying to portray what really happened for these three days on K2 by piecing together information from multiple and sometimes conflicting sources Tragic story, I can t comprehend what these climbers truly faced as one thing after a [...]

  18. Susan Liston

    Considering that the author is not a climber and was not present for any of these events he does a pretty good job of placing the reader there, not that I would ever, ever be there or anywhere close to there I don t know why I ve developed this strange obsession with crazed mountain climbers Maybe there is something oddly reassuring about reading of terrible things that will NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU IN A MILLION BILLION YEARS because you aren t THAT crazy There is a good documentary about thisThe Sum [...]

  19. Jane C.

    The author was meticulous in his research into the events of August 2008 I rushed to get through the book, impatient to find that survivors had made it to safety It was my own fault then that I couldn t keep track of the large number of characters and their exact locations on the mountain The questions that remained at the end of the book were disturbing, and I sensed so much emptiness in the attitude of the survivors.

  20. Lance

    Climbing K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is considered by many to challenging than climbing Mount Everest This can become even daunting when the season is cut short due to weather, which in turn makes the mountain crowded when several teams of climbers, porters and Sherpas make the journey at the same time This happened in the summer of 2008 and this gripping account of that ascent that began August 1, 2008 and resulted in the deaths of 11 people makes for a terrific book.One di [...]

  21. Mosco

    un po arruffato, un po legnoso nella scrittura, Krakauer mi sta sui ma scrive un tot meglio , pasticcia un po con le persone, a tratti chiamate per nome, a tratti per cognome, a tratti con entrambi, con tutta la gente che c era sul K2 in quei giorni si rischia di fare confusione Soprattutto coi coreani, tanto che a un certo punto stanno dando per disperso Kim, mentre Kim sta passeggiano nervosamente davanti alla tenda Ce n erano 3 di kim coreani nella spedizione, ma mica era chiaro Pasticcia con [...]

  22. Rebecka

    Interesting, yes, but books about real events trying to come across as fiction going into people s feelings at particular moments and pointing out how beautiful the two female climbers are, for example , annoy me So many American books are like this and it really makes me crave some no nonsense, stick to the facts books I knew this would bother me already in the introduction, same as with Close to Shore and Isaac s Storm This kind of mountain climbing is insane though You have to be pretty self [...]

  23. Muhsin Khan

    So this one a bit tricky, The author has this marvelous ability to take you on journey along with the climbers and let you connect yourself to their adventure, their miseries, their physical and mental traumas and most of all their struggle for survival Full points there What is not so good is the incoherency in the flow A climber in a chapter would arrive at camp 4 while in the next chapter he she would still be at the traverse or at the top of the mountain The dis connectivity puts you off The [...]

  24. Nicole

    I ve read about this catastrophe before in Buried in the Sky The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2 s Deadliest Day, but it s such an awesome story in the true sense of the word, I was than happy to read about it again This time it was written from the perspective of an outsider, a reporter, instead of the Sherpas who were there It was really interesting to hear things that I thought were facts are actually unclear opinions, and also to read a slightly less technical mountaineerin [...]

  25. Jeannette M. Hartman

    A fascinating view of a disastrous 2008 expedition to the summit of K2 that left 11 mountaineers dead The world s second highest peak, K2 is known as one of the most dangerous to climb, a mountaineer s mountain Many of the issues that made May 1996 so fatal on Mount Everest overcrowding on the slopes, delays, bad weather, inexperienced climbers also made early August 2008 summit efforts lethal In addition, repeated ice falls on K2 wiped out lines and overran climbers.Bowley, a New York Times rep [...]

  26. Suzanne

    Book is a gripping account of one of the worst mountaineering disasters in recent years Good development of characters so that you feel like you were at least acquainted with them and made the outcomes they experienced very poignant To me the book illustrates that no matter how good a climber mountaineer one is that accidents still happen, plans don t work out, and that you are trusting your fate to sheer luck Sometimes you summit and sometimes you die and sometimes you do both While this expedi [...]

  27. Joy Lawrance

    For some reason, I really enjoy reading books on mountain climbing, yet it s something I d never do I am amazed at the human determination, spirit, and zeal in doing itd the unbelievable challenges they encounter This book was an eye opener about K2 the deadly mountain The 2008 loss of life was tragic, as such losses always are The stories of those on the expeditions are well told, and well documented As is usually the case, details often conflict between climbers, but the author manages to cons [...]

  28. Matthew Parsons

    Well researched, and pretty terrifying book about K2 and the dangers of it, based around one incident where a lot of people died.The author pulled from a bunch of different sources of people who were there interestingly, some were contradictory.i d rate this 3.5 stars if I could worth reading but for some reason the writing just didn t TOTALLY do it for me I realise that is not a great marker, but there we go

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