No Way Down is the the gripping, terrifying story of a brutal struggle for survival on the upper slopes of the Himalayan K2, the world's most hostile terrain, by Graham Bowley.
K2, August 1st, 2008.
Thirty climbers are attempting the summit of the most savage mountain on Earth. They make it. But before they start their descent an ice shelf collapses, sweeping away their ropes. It is dark. Their lines are gone. They are low on oxygen. And it is getting very, very cold.
How many will make it down alive?
'A gripping hour-by-hour dissection of events in the Western Himalayas over three deadly days. A fitting shelfmate to the modern classic Into Thin Air. A cracking read' Sunday Times
'Stories of heroism, sadness and extraordinary endurance against all the odds [are] woven into a thrilling drama' Daily Mail
'Unputdownable. A portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival . . . as complete a version of the calamitous story as will probably ever emerge' Financial Times
'The best mountain-disaster memoir since Into Thin Air' Mail on Sunday
Graham Bowley was born in England in 1968. He is a reporter for the New York Times. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two daughters and son.
Tragic, breathtaking and emotional.
Excellently written, with consideration for the feelings of those involved (both those still alive and the family and friends of those not) this is an account of the tragic events surrounding one of the largest assaults on K2 in a single day.
It is factual, graphic and yet very human. The author enables you to build a clear picture of the people involved, the terrain and the difficulties the climbers have to overcome.
Throughout the book it is difficult not to form likes and dislikes of those portrayed, a fact laid bare as the tragic story unfolds and the book concludes with photos of the actual climbers involved. I found it very touching and quite emotional.
A large amount of research had clearly gone into this book and the provenance of each fact or theory is clearly catalogued.
All round an excellent book and well worth the money and time spent reading.
I don't read often, but this book was really gripping. It not only is a very good story line, but it gives a good insight into what is is like to climb mountains. I did not expext that the book actually conatains a fair bit of history about k2 and its previous summit attemps.
My only problem is that is has a lot of obvious spelling mistakes and grammatical errors throughout the book.
Overall very good. Espicially recomended if you are a mountaineer.