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SPIRITS OF THE AIR 1994 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger
By Diemberger, Kurt
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London or Seattle, 1994, 1st UK or US edition. 304 pp, b/w and color photos. Hardcover with dust jacket, Fine condition. We make no preference between the UK and USA editions as both were printed at the same time on the same press in England. Yes, really.

SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger.



A complete history of all of Kurt's expeditions, including the story of his ascents of six 8000 meter peaks, including Everest and K2.
 
Kurt Diemberger (born 1932 in Austria), is the only remaining person alive that has made the first ascents on two mountains over 8,000 meters. In 1957 at age 25 he made the first ascent of Broad Peak and in 1960 at age 28 the first ascent of Dhaulagiri. Kurt Diemberger was also the last person to see Hermann Buhl alive before he fell through a cornice on Chogolisa. Diemberger was also one of only two survivors in the 1986 K2 disaster that killed 13 climbers including Al Rouse and Julie Tullis.
 
On August 4, 1986, Diemberger and Julie Tullis reached the summit of K2 very late in the day. Shortly after starting their descent, Julie fell -- dragging Diemberger with her. Fortunately, they somehow stopped from going over the edge and spent the night above 8,000 meters. They managed to reach Camp IV the next day, where they were forced to share a tent with six other climbers after their tent had collapsed from hurricane force winds.
 
Unfortunately, Julie died later that night, possibly from HACE, and only one other of climbers, Willi Bauer, survived the descent with Diemberger. Diemberger is still active in the mountaineering world and works on film projects with his daughter.

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