Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman

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Read Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day Online Free - When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time.

Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend.

At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.

Title : Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day
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ISBN : 0393079880
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 286 pages


Linda rated it ★★★★☆

August 04, 2012

I read Into Thin Air and was curious how these authors would tell this mountain climbing disaster story differently and cover new ground. That they did - The cultural perspective from the indigenous people who work on the mountains and in the mountain climbing trade touched upon the livelihood/po...

Raghu rated it ★★★★★

April 18, 2013

Ever since I read Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air', I thought I would never read another book on high altitude climbing that would be as evocative of the mountain, written with such lucid and terrifying intimacy. This book proves me wrong. It is just as touching and profoundly moving as Krakauer's...

Holly rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2012

Granted my interest in camping, climbing, kayaking and the like far surpasses that of many of my friends. I sometimes feel like a odd duck in my suburban life as my family and I head out on our adventures. Once a friend even asked how I could possibly like camping as she could not fathom why I wo...

Debra rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2012

An exciting story to start with that is almost upstaged by the fascinating history of the area and the sherpa climbers. Not a dull chapter in the whole book. You'll come away with a real appreciation of the men who do the heavy work on these expeditions. The author did some impressive research bu...

The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane) rated it ★★★★☆

December 07, 2014

When you read books about Everest or K2 you never really hear the back story about the men who carry all the equipment needed to stage a climb, Buried in the Sky introduces you to the men that make that possible. What was interesting about this book that instead of focusing on the climbers it cen...

Kfhoz rated it ★★★★☆

June 04, 2015

If you have friends who climb you will want to read this book. A friend of mine perished together with a Sherpa while climbing an 8,000 meter peak and I can better picture the setting around her desire to mountaineer. I keep thinking about the people and cultures documented here. I marvel that peo...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2016

The one thing that always bugged me about stories about mountain climbing was how little press the Sherpas got. True, you climbed whatever, but who did all the heavy lifting. Wouldn't true mountain climbing be doing the work of a Sherpa? This book actually looks at a mountain tragedy with the focu...

Dan rated it ★★★☆☆

August 03, 2012

A blog reader recommended Buried in the Sky to me based on my interest in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air which I read several years back and loved. Both books are about mountain climbing which is something that I’m kind of fascinated with but really have no desire to do. My lack of desire to go mou...

Allen rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2012

While there are many accounts of courage and superhuman endurance in Himalayan mountaineering literature, these stories all to frequently relegate the role that Sherpas play in successful summit bids to short footnotes, or, astonishingly, ignore their contributions completely. Fixed lines, which...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2013

Have you ever asked yourself, "WHY do people climb tall mountains"? Of course...we have all asked that question. I must confess that I always came to the conclusion that "those people" must be self absorbed, egotistical, thrill seekers who leave their loved ones behind to carry the really heavy c...

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