No Way Down

No Way Down by Graham Bowley
Life and Death on K2

Surprisingly, this is the first book about K2 that I have read. K2 is the second tallest mountain in the world, located in the Pakistani Himalaya. I have read the majority of books about Everest and I've read several books about other Himalayan mountain adventures. I devoured this book, finished it in three day (this on top of the other work and school related reading that I do).

This one differed from my two favorite mountain expeditions book - The Climb and Into Thin Air - in that the author was not part of the 2008 K2 expeditions. Despite the absence of first hand knowledge, the author does an excellent job of piecing together the events of Summit Day and the tragedy that followed.

One thing that he doesn't spend many words on is the psychology of climbing/mountaineering. Anyone that has climbed will be satisfied with this story. Anyone that has not climbed will probably finish the book with a melancholy feeling and the lingering question, "Why would anyone do this?"

"The mountains are calling and I must go."  - John Muir


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