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Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day Kindle Edition
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature
"Gripping, intense…Buried in the Sky will satisfy anyone who loved [Into Thin Air]." —Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
When eleven climbers died on K2 in 2008, two Sherpas survived. Their astonishing tale became the stuff of mountaineering legend. This white-knuckle adventure follows the Sherpas from their remote villages in Nepal to the peak of the world’s most dangerous mountain, recounting one of the most dramatic disasters in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.
Winner of the NCTE George Orwell Award and an official selection of the American Alpine Club Book Club.
Enthralling ... Phenomenal research and vivid writing create a memorable portrait not only of the events on the mountain but also of the people who make modern high-altitude climbing possible. (The Wall Street Journal)
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Banff Mountain Book Award and the George Orwell Prize. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
In 2005, he was one of the youngest people ever to win a Livingston Award, the largest, all-media, general reporting prize in America. Among the dozens of other awards his reporting has received is the National Journalism Award, given for the best newspaper writing in the United States; and the Blethan Award, given for the best journalism in the northwest. PBS profiled Zuckerman in an hour-long documentary, "In a Small Town," and Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Excellence in Journalism profiled Zuckerman as part of a series about courageous reporting.
Zuckerman has served as visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute, the St. Petersburg, Florida-based journalism organization, and he has taught journalism at universities and professional seminars. He is a resident of the Falcon Art Community and a teacher at the Attic Institute. Zuckerman lives in Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B007HX899C
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (June 11, 2012)
- Publication date : June 11, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 14827 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 321 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the climb begins, the action really starts and it’s a sad, sad story but very interesting to the point where I couldn’t put down the book.
It is disturbing to know that how climbers would ask the sherpas or the HAP to go back into the worst of conditions to look for their friends. In my mind, that's equal to asking them to go and die out there in the snow storm. I personally think that once you decided to go Everest summit, you are responsible for your own life. Yes, sherpas/HAP should help when they can but it should not put them in a situation where they are highly likely to die while saving you, no matter how much you can pay them.. There's always moral debate about leaving climbers in trouble high on the mountain. But so many people ignored turnaround time, inexperienced climbers ignored their own physical ability and put themselves in danger for summit, they and they alone are responsible for their own decisions. It is unfair and selfish to accuse others for not trying to help, especially when it's so high up in the mountain where others' own survival is also in question. Climbers do not spend tens of thousands to have to bear the consequence for irresponsible climbers.
I digressed. Back to the book. Although I read some comments that the book is too short and felt cheated (I don't remember the exact comment), it still came as a shock to me when the ebook ended 60% into it......... It is the first time I encounter such situation..... Nevertheless, it doesn't affect my liking to this book. I find this a very good read.
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Before this I'd read the classics Into Thin Air and Touching The Void, and I was expecting to be again swept away by the narrative in Buried In The Sky, but it just didn't happen. The authors are writers collecting accounts from sherpas, and interpreting them, so its all 2nd hand with a noticeable overlay of superlative, which spoils it more than you'd think, its pokes the authors are trying to sell as many copies as possible, and sherpas are trying to gain a little fame. At every sentence I was kept wondering if the stories were slightly exaggerated. I was conscious of having to put a bit of work into reading it, which wasn't the case for TTV & ITA.
It is difficult for even sincere professional journalists to tell a story absolutely straight, against their self, revealing personal decisions and motives that were petty or short sighted as extreme conditions crack adult minds to partially reveal a more primitive instinctive nature in us. When told straight, this sort of writing shines, the reader is pulled into the story to be 'there'.
But with BitS, this quality had been lost, or dumbed down significantly. I always felt I was a 3rd person sat in an office reviewing interesting 2nd hand accounts. My guess is it won an award for being politically noble in reviewing other people's culture, not for being a riveting read like the classic mountaineering autos its placed with.