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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 Bob Bates, Charles Houston 1939 1st edition Very Good
By Bates, Robert and Charles Houston
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New York, Dodd, Mead. 1939, 1st edition. 381 pp, ills. The major American pre-war Himalayan expedition. This 1938 expedition nearly climbed K2, and showed that Americans were capable of ascents of 8000 meter peaks. Hardcover, No DJ, Very Good. Book is rebound, and Ex Library from Phillips Exeter Academy, an institution where Bob Bates was in the faculty during the time this copy was in their library (1952-1994.)

This is the epic account of the 1938 American Karakoram expedition to the summit of K2, a climb considered more treacherous and difficult than Everest. Equipped with the most 'modern' gear available to them--wool mittens, canvas tents, and buckle-up, leather-strapped cramp-ons--this group of young men set out to surmount the insurmountable. A four-month-long journey would take them nearly 27,000 feet above sea level and hundreds of miles from any sign of humanity.

With a shrewd wit and a survivalist's sense of determination, four of the six climbers provide an intimate and gripping account of their adventures, evoking all the terror, excitement, and pure exaltation of standing, five miles high, on a part of the globe where no person has stood before.


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