Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day
"Buried in the Sky is a compelling account of the men who have literally shouldered the rest of the world’s mountaineers up K2." —Norman Ollestad, best-selling author of Crazy for the StormWhen Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long... show more
"Buried in the Sky is a compelling account of the men who have literally shouldered the rest of the world’s mountaineers up K2." —Norman Ollestad, best-selling author of Crazy for the StormWhen 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. 16 pages of color illustrations; 8 maps
Publish date: June 11th 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 286
Edition language: English
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 focus o...
I learned so much while reading this book about Sherpa culture and the cultures of the many non-Sherpas that get lumped in with them by westerners that do not realize that Sherpa is not a job description. This is a part of the world that I am not at all familiar with and I found the descriptions of ...