Adventure Checks Out Viestur’s New Book

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National Geographic Adventure got the opportunity to check out Ed Viestur’s new book, K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain, and have posted some thoughts on their Adventure Blog. As you can surmise from the title, the book focuses on climbing K2, and the particular skills and mindset needed to summit that especially dangerous mountain.

Viestur’s has climbed K2, and in the book he shares his thoughts, as well as those of other mountaineers, on the challenges of making the climb. Evidently, he also shares his favorite stories from the mountain as well, including his insights on the legendary and fateful expedition that was chronicled in Savage Mountain led by Charles Houston.

The book is not scheduled to be released until October 13th, and I haven’t received a copy of it yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it when I get the chance. I enjoyed Viestur’s first book, No Shortcuts To The Top, very much, and suspect that I’ll enjoy this one too. The book seems particularly timely following last year’s tragedy, and the fact that teams struggled mightily on K2 again this year. Keep an eye out for this one in a month’s time.

Kraig Becker

6 thoughts on “<i>Adventure</i> Checks Out Viestur’s New Book”

  1. Just posted today on IBD Adventures and took the liberty of adding your wonderful journey to Kili as a link.
    Thanks! 🙂

  2. Fyi, the first ascent of K2 was made by an Italian party (A. Compagnoni and L. Lacedelli summited) not by Charles Huston. Houston (not Huston) led two famous and epic attempts on K2 (1938 and 1953), but the Italians nabbed the summit first.

  3. Ah… of course you're right Greg. Thanks for the reminder on the Italians. The story of that American expedition is so big and well known, I forgot that they weren't first. Appreciate the correction.

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