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PRICE OF CONQUEST: CONFESSIONS FROM THE FIRST ASCENT OF K2: Lino Lacedelli SIGNED LIMITED EDITION! New Hardcover, Dust Jacket, Slipcase
By Lacedelli, Lino & Giovanni Cenacchi
Price: $495.00


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Rare UK hardcover Limited Edition (50 copies), Signed by Lino Lacedelli and contained in a handmade slipcase! (More photos below.)


UK, 2006, 1st UK edition. 127 pp, 16  pages of color & b/w photos. After 65 years of silence, at last a full account of what really happened during the legendary 1954 K2 expedition, an epic achievement that has always been clouded in mystery. On July 31, 1954, two Italians, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, became the first humans to summit K2. The event was celebrated in Italy with great pride, but when the team, led by Ardito Desio, returned home a terrible accusation was leveled at them.

One of the members of the expedition, Walter Bonatti, said the two climbers who summitted had put his life in danger by abandoning him before the final stretch so that they could reach the top without him. But the official version of the climb, written by leader Desio and confirmed by all other members of the expedition, said that hadn't happened, that Bonatti's accusations were unfounded, the result of a misunderstanding.

Now, more than 65 years after the event, summiter Achille Lacedelli tells his own terrible version of the truth: in the night before the summit attempt, he and Compagnoni deliberately failed to make their rendezvous with Bonatti, forcing him to abandon the final ascent so they could have the oxygen tanks he carried with him.

This is a story of courage & ambition, of glory & guilt, of more than 65 years of hiding the truth that became Lino Lacedelli's Price of Conquest. Hardcover, Numbered and Signed by Lino Lacedelli, with Dust Jacket, New, in a handmade slipcase.




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