Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK694A-9435
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1994 New Hardcover Multiple Copies Available SIGNED by Charles Houston and Robert Bates
By Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price: $400.00

List Price: $675.00
You Save $275.00 (41%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

New York, Adventure Library Edition, 1994. 214 pp, color and b/w photos and illustrations. The Adventure Library edition. Handsome linen and pictorial hardcover with no dust jacket issued. Brand new condition. This is a hardcover with a fine binding, superior paper, and additional material such as the transcript of audio tapes made in base camp right after the climb.


SIGNED on the limited edition page by Charles Houston 
and Robert Bates.

The story of the 1953 K2 attempt by a strong American group. Pete Schoening's famous belay saved the entire expedition from death. 

This is the account of one of the greatest and now legendary episodes in the history of high altitude mountaineering - the 1953 K2 expedition. High on the world's second highest mountain, above the steepest and most treacherous sections of the climb, a team member became gravely ill. Chances were that he would die. But the team (all eight were together) refused to abandon their buddy, and, with considerable peril to their own safety, committed to the impossible task of dragging, lowering, and carrying their stricken comrade back down the mountain. There was an accident. All should have died. This is a must read for those who like adventure and admire selfless teamwork.

A riveting read, this book chronicles the 1953 Third American Karakoram Expedition. The authors, members and integral part of that illustrious team of eight expeditioners, regale the reader with their account of the tragic circumstances with which they were faced while attempting to summit K2, a five mile high mountain, second only to Everest in height but infinitely more perilous to ascend. The book recounts the myriad of detail which went into the formulation of that expedition, from the selection of its respective team members to the type and quantity of supplies necessary for such an ambitious endeavor. 

The book, in fact, includes a series of appendices which lists in minute detail a day to day travel chronology of the expedition, a list of all equipment necessary, the breakdown of the various foods taken, the medical supplies needed for the venture, and a list of financial costs and transportation requirements. In short, it provides everything one may have ever wanted to know about what goes into mounting an expedition. Nostalgia buffs, as well as climbing enthusiasts, will revel in the wealth of information.

The book also grounds the reader in the historical, as well as the geographical, pedigree of K2 and the challenges which it has presented over time. It recounts the previous reconnaissances and expeditions which had traveled to the environs of K2. Interestingly enough, on this expedition, unlike prior ones, Hunza mountain porters from a small border state in northern Pakistan, rather than Sherpas, were employed, due to the prevailing political winds of the time. The journey of the expedition over the remote and primitive reaches of the then infant country of Pakistan is a death defying venture in and of itself.

Imagine the expedition with its hundred and twenty five native Balti porters, each carrying sixty pound loads, crossing raging rivers in ancient barges said to be similar to those used by Alexander the Great in leading his armies across the same river. At other times, they crossed turbulent river waters using rafts made up of inflated animal bladders which were lashed together. They traversed across wide gorges over bridges made of woven willows and twigs. These so called bridges had an alarming tendency to turn upside down, promising to send the hapless traveler to a certain death below!

Fortunately, the expedition was able to avert death at this stage of the journey. Upon reaching base camp, an assault upon K2 was quickly launched. With the assistance of the Hunzas and a stretch of good weather, Camps I through III were established with a minimum of fuss. The Hunzas, however, did not progress beyond Camp III, given the Hunzas limited high altitude experience and equipment. From then on, the expeditioners, eager for a summit bid, did all the loading and carrying work up the mountain, ultimately establishing Camp VIII at an elevation of about 25,500 feet.

It was there that the beginning of the end took place. While at Camp VIII, all eight members of the expedition found themselves storm bound for seven days. Despite being buffeted by hurricane force winds, driven snow, lack of sufficient food, drink, and sleep, all while trapped in the death zone without supplementary oxygen, they still clung to their summit dream. The dream ended abruptly when Art Gilkey, became desperately ill with thrombophlebitis and needed to be evacuated. Their nightmare had begun.

Though it was seemingly impossible to lower the ill climber down the face of K2, this group of brave men would not abandon their fallen comrade. A break in the storm, a desperate plan to save their friend, and they started off with him in tow only to have their escape aborted by the potential for avalanche. They retreated back to Camp VIII and by the next day were ready to execute an alternate plan of evacuation.

Once again, they began the grim descent with their now catastrophically ill and courageous comrade in tow, this time during a storm with driven snow and gale force winds. Braced upon snow swept ridges, they began the arduous task of carefully lowering their friend down the relentlessly steep slope of K2. There, two of them survived a skirmish with an avalanche. Despite the peril, they continued down the mountain with great fortitude.

Suddenly, one of them lost his footing, however, and five of them went tumbling down the mountainside, only to have their fall abruptly checked by an amazing belay executed by the youngest member of the expedition Pete Schoening.

Despite illness, injuries and frost bite, the eight man team was still intact. Unfortunately, it was not to remain thus. Shortly after, a heartbreaking and tragic accident occurred, resulting in a death which will move the reader to tears.

The book culminates in a remarkable and harrowing descent by the remaining survivors, many of whom were incapacitated by the injuries and frostbite incurred along the way. Their survival is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and its enormous will to live. The story of the 1953 Third American Karakoram Expedition is one of the most amazing and spellbinding in the annals of mountaineering history. Gripping in its telling, it is a must read for all climbing enthusiasts and for all who simply love a great story.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
ALPINE JOURNAL 100s OF INDIVIDUAL ISSUES LISTED HERE! PAPERBACK, WRAPPERS or HARDCOVER ISSUES 1863-1986
By: Alpine Club UK
Price $10.00
- Item # JR207B
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: 8611M Charles Houston 1954 1st edition Softcover Fine SIGNED by 6: Charles Houston Pete Schoening Bob Bates Tony Streather Bob Craig and Dee Molenaar
By: Houston, Charles, Bob Bates and George Bell
Price $375.00
- Item # OP2250AB-385
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MAZAMA BULLETIN INDIVIDUAL BACK ISSUES 1905 - 1975 New issues recently added
By: Mazama Bulletin
Price $5.00
- Item # JR225-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston and Bob Bates 1979 Paperback Fine INSCRIBED by Charles Houston 2 copies available (See descriptions)
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $34.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $15.05 (30%)
- Item # OP691A-962
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE CLIMBING ART MAGAZINE Individual Back Issues Number 1 to 31
By: Climbing Art Magazine, Pat Ament
Price $5.00
- Item # JR156-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MYSTERY BEAUTY AND DANGER: THE LITERATURE OF THE MOUNTAINS AND MOUNTAIN CLIMBING PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH BEFORE 1946 Bob Bates 2000 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple Copies Available
By: Bates, Robert H
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $30.01 (75%)
- Item # BK106-96713
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON 2007 1st ed Hardcover w/DVD Like New SIGNED by Bernadette McDonald and Charles S. Houston 2 Copies Available Winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $225.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $25.00 (10%)
- Item # BK2183C-9492
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1954 Houston and Bates 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine INSCRIBED by Charles Houston
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $125.00
- Item # OP412J-965
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1954 1st edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Charles Houston Robert Bates, Pete Schoening, Tony Streather, Bob Craig and Dee Molenaar
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $475.00
- Item # OP2412AB-104
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1955 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Charles Houston & Bob Bates
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $324.99 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $175.01 (35%)
- Item # OP412K-949
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston and Robert Bates 1979 Paperback Very Good-Near Fine Multiple Copies Available [Not Signed]
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP691-9624
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston and Bob Bates 1954 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Near Fine (Not Signed) 3 copies available
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $100.00, You Save $80.01 (80%)
- Item # OP412D-9403
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston and Bob Bates 1955 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine [Not Signed] 3 Copies Available
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $29.95 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $5.05 (14%)
- Item # OP412G-9523
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1954 Houston and Bates 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine INSCRIBED by Charles Houston
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $125.00
- Item # OP412J-965
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston and Robert Bates 1994 Hardcover Near Fine-Fine 3 Copies Available [Not Signed]
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $24.99 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $125.01 (83%)
- Item # BK694A-3693
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FIVE MILES HIGH: THE STORY OF AN ATTACK ON THE SECOND HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD BY THE MEMBERS OF THE FIRST AMERICAN KARAKORAM EXPEDITION Charles Houston and Robert Bates 2000 New Softcover Multiple Copies Available
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $16.95, You Save $11.96 (71%)
- Item # BK690A-96721
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston and Robert Bates 1979 Used Paperback Near Fine SIGNED by Dee Molenaar
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $25.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $24.05 (48%)
- Item # OP691A-611
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston, Robert Bates 1954 1st ed Hardcover Fine 3 Copies Available SIGNED by Dee Molenaar
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $49.00
- Item # OP412E-9523
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN Charles Houston, Robert Bates 1954 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Fine SIGNED by Charles Houston and Dee Molenaar
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $250.00
- Item # OP412H-969
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2: THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1955 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Charles Houston & Bob Bates
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
Price $324.99 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $175.01 (35%)
- Item # OP412K-949
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
VICTORIA: A GUIDE TO SELECTED ROCK CLIMBS AT MT ARAPILES, THE GRAMPIANS AND MT BUFFALO Baxter 1994 Softcover Fine
By: Baxter, Chris and Glenn Tempest
Price $14.95
- Item # GB36-961
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THINGS SEEN IN MOROCCO L.E. Bickerstaffe 1929 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Bickerstaffe, L.E.
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $5.00 (12%)
- Item # GB8049-954
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE TOTEM POLE AND A WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE 1999 or 2000 1st US ed or 2nd prtg Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available SIGNED or INSCRIBED by Paul Pritchard
By: Pritchard, Paul
Price $39.95 ~ Regular $60.00, You Save $20.05 (33%)
- Item # BK1215-9492
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAIN WORLD 1960/1961 Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research
Price $67.50 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $7.50 (10%)
- Item # MW1960-9442
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BRADFORD ON MOUNT FAIRWEATHER Bradford Washburn 1930 1st ed Hardcover Rare DJ Near Fine
By: Washburn, Bradford
Price $350.00 ~ Regular $450.00, You Save $100.00 (22%)
- Item # OP1394-941
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
1980 ASCENT SIERRA CLUB: THE MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IN WORD AND IMAGE JOURNAL Near Fine SIGNED by Roper, Steck, Webster, Long and Robbins 2 Copies Available
By: Sierra Club, Steve Roper and Allen Steck
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $24.95 (25%)
- Item # JR169E-1052
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC ROCKS OF THE WESTERN PORTION OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL MONUMENT: RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES CALIFORNIA John J. W. Rogers 1953 1st ed Softcover Near Fine
By: Rogers, John J. W.
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $40.05 (80%)
- Item # OP3608-968
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ABRIDGED EDITION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA 1985 2nd Imp Paperback Very Good
By: Vivekananda, Swami
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP5691-492
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THOMAS STARR KING IN VERSE Oscar T. Shuck 1905 Hardcover Near Fine Scarce
By: Shuck, Oscar T.
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $64.95 (65%)
- Item # OP6494-969
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
REACHING THE SUMMIT: EDMUND HILLARY'S LIFE OF ADVENTURE Alexa Johnston 2005 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Johnston, Alexa
Price $14.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $5.01 (25%)
- Item # BK2046-967p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart