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 #: OP438A-942
LAST STEP: THE AMERICAN ASCENT OF K2 Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by 3 Summiters: Roskelley, Wickwire and Reichardt
By Ridgeway, Rick
Price: $149.00

List Price: $250.00
You Save $101.00 (40%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
Seattle, 1980, 1st edition. 301 pp, 32 ills. The first American ascent of K2 placed four climbers on top: Ridgeway, Roskelley, Wickwire and Reichardt.  Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has very minor chips as shown, else Fine condition.

SIGNED by 3 summiters: John Roskelley, Jim Wickwire 
and Lou Reichardt

 
Roskelley and Wickwire are the first two American to summit K2!

Conflict, hardship, endurance, triumph, it's all here in Ridgeway's extraordinary story. In September 1978, Rick Ridgeway, Jim Wickwire, Lou Reichardt and John Roskelley stood atop K2, the first Americans ever to achieve this victory. Under the leadership of Jim Whittaker, they and their teammates had spent 67 days on the mountain, nearly all of them above 18,000 feet, where the stresses of high-altitude living, of monotonous food, of confinement in tiny tents for day after day of frustrating storms had worn them down to the core.

 
The Last Step is Rick Ridgeway's inside story of this extraordinary expedition. It's about the people who, battered by the mountain and their isolation, overcame their individual fears, desire, and disappointments to work together to get somebody - anybody to the top of K2. It's about the glorious success the team achieved, and about the perilous bivouac Jim Wickwire spent just below the summit without food, oxygen or shelter in temperatures of -40F.

A Reviewer writes 'Without a doubt, this is one of the most riveting mountaineering books around. Not for the climbing, which is in and of itself gripping, but for the slice of human drama found in the deterioration of relationships amongst various members of the expedition. At times, one is mesmerized by the bad behavior displayed at such high altitudes! One would think that these expeditioners were on Melrose Place, rather than fighting for their place in mountaineering history on K2, one of the most perilous mountains in the world to ascend. Central to all the squabbling, was the love triangle which developed on the expedition, which was perceived by some of the expeditioners to be an extra marital affair in progress.

Though this later proved to be true, at the time it was the source of much denial and hard feelings. It further split the team, which was already divided over who would be chosen to summit, and eroded already existing friendships, while preventing new ones which might have otherwise developed. On top of all this, add in poor weather which caused them to spend about sixty seven days on the mountain, mostly at altitudes over eighteen thousand feet, and you have a recipe for disaster. These expeditioners, however, managed to become the first Americans to ascend K2.
 
Their success in achieving their objective, despite the trials and tribulations which they endured, is testament to their fortitude in putting aside petty, mean spirited concerns and inter-personal conflicts. This painstaking account of the first time summit of K2 by Americans is a must read for all climbing enthusiasts and readers of this genre.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
LAST STEP: THE AMERICAN ASCENT OF K2 Hardcover Chipped DJ Near Fine-Fine SIGNED by 4: Roskelley, Whittaker, Wickwire and Roberts 2 Copies Available
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $149.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $101.00 (40%)
- Item # OP438B-9422
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LAST STEP: THE AMERICAN ASCENT OF K2 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Rick Ridgeway w/postcard
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $59.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $191.00 (76%)
- Item # OP438G-942
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 1979 May AMERICANS CLIMB K2 Jim Whittaker and Jim Wickwire Multiple Copies Available
By: National Geographic Magazine. Roskelley, Reichardt, Wickwire Ridgeway
Price $9.99
- Item # NG7905
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
AMERICAN ALPINE JOURNAL 1979 Reichardt K2 (9 Copies Available)
By: American Alpine Club
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # AAJ1979-9
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT AFFIRMING LIFE IN THE FACE OF DEATH Wickwire and Bullitt 1998 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by John Roskelley
By: Wickwire, Jim and Dorothy Bullitt
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $20.01 (40%)
- Item # BK1692B-959
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LOU WHITTAKER: MEMOIRS OF A MOUNTAIN GUIDE Lou Whittaker 1994 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 4 Copies Available SIGNED by Jim Whittaker
By: Whittaker, Lou, and Andrea Gabbard
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $55.01 (73%)
- Item # BK1684D-9594
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LOU WHITTAKER: MEMOIRS OF A MOUNTAIN GUIDE Whittaker and Gabbard 1994 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available [Not Signed]
By: Whittaker, Lou, and Andrea Gabbard
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $25.01 (83%)
- Item # BK1684F-9592
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT AFFIRMING LIFE IN THE FACE OF DEATH Jim Wickwire and Dorothy Bullitt 1998 1st edition Hardcover DJ New SIGNED by John Roskelley
By: Wickwire, Jim and Dorothy Bullitt
Price $24.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $25.05 (50%)
- Item # OP1692AB-877
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
STORIES OFF THE WALL John Roskelley 1993 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Roskelley, John
Price $25.00
- Item # BK1319-4784
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LOU WHITTAKER: MEMOIRS OF A MOUNTAIN GUIDE Whittaker and Gabbard 1994 Paperback Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Whittaker, Lou and Andrea Gabbard
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $16.95, You Save $12.96 (76%)
- Item # OP1683-9592
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BELOW ANOTHER SKY: A MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE IN SEARCH OF A LOST FATHER Rick Ridgeway 2001 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $19.96 (80%)
- Item # BK1969-5975
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE SHADOW OF KILIMANJARO: ON FOOT ACROSS EAST AFRICA 1998 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Rick Ridgeway
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $25.00 (50%)
- Item # BK1262-597
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BOLDEST DREAM: THE STORY OF TWELVE WHO CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST Rick Ridgeway 1979 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine [Not signed]
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $40.01 (89%)
- Item # OP359A-2974
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BOLDEST DREAM: THE STORY OF TWELVE WHO CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST Rick Ridgeway 1979 1st edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Rick Ridgeway and Gerry Roach
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $94.99 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $55.01 (37%)
- Item # OP359AB-374
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LAST STEP: THE AMERICAN ASCENT OF K2 Hardcover Chipped DJ Near Fine-Fine SIGNED by 4: Roskelley, Whittaker, Wickwire and Roberts 2 Copies Available
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $149.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $101.00 (40%)
- Item # OP438B-9422
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BOLDEST DREAM: THE STORY OF TWELVE WHO CLIMBED MOUNT EVEREST Rick Ridgeway 1979 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Gerry Roach
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $45.01 (60%)
- Item # OP359C-288
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LAST STEP: THE AMERICAN ASCENT OF K2 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Rick Ridgeway w/postcard
By: Ridgeway, Rick
Price $59.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $191.00 (76%)
- Item # OP438G-942
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ADVANCED ROCKCRAFT 1973 or 1982 Paperback Very Good-Fine Multiple Copies Available SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Royal Robbins
By: Robbins, Royal
Price $95.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $55.00 (37%)
- Item # BK239C-5235
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
VERTIGO GAMES: ROCK CLIMBING IN COLORADO 1983 1st ed Paperback New Multiple Copies Available SIGNED by Glenn Randall
By: Randall, Glenn
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $19.99, You Save $10.00 (50%)
- Item # BK1233-29717
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SANDSTONE SPINE: SEEKING THE ANASAZI ON THE FIRST TRAVERSE OF THE COMB RIDGE 2006 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED/INSCRIBED by David Roberts
By: Roberts, David, Photographs by Greg Child
Price $79.00 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $20.95 (21%)
- Item # BK2118-523
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ASCENT OF EVEREST John Hunt 2nd UK ed Hardcover No DJ Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary and George Lowe
By: Hunt, John
Price $100.00 ~ Regular $300.00, You Save $200.00 (67%)
- Item # OP001G-
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FASZINATION KARAKORAM: DIE WILDEN BERGE ASIENS [KARAKORAM: THE WILD MOUNTAINS OF ASIA] Rollo Steffens 2000 1st ed Hardcover DJ New SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By: Steffens, Rollo
Price $49.99 ~ Regular $125.00, You Save $75.01 (60%)
- Item # OP1384-297
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE PUSH: A CLIMBER'S JOURNEY OF ENDURANCE, RISK AND GOING BEYOND LIMITS Tommy Caldwell 2017 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By: Caldwell, Tommy
Price $21.95 ~ Regular $27.00, You Save $5.05 (19%)
- Item # BK62709
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ASCENT OF EVEREST John Hunt 1953 1st UK edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary PLUS EXTRA CHART OF TEAM ASCENTS
By: Hunt, John
Price $149.99 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $100.01 (40%)
- Item # OP001E-279
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BERGE DER HEIMAT - GIPFEL DER WELT [MOUNTAINS OF THE HOME COUNTRY, PEAKS OF THE WORLD] 1965 1st edition Hardcover Fine SIGNED by Dolf Reist and Ernst Reiss
By: Reist, Dolf
Price $249.00
- Item # OP2049AB-877
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CHOUINARD ANGLE PITON SIGNED by Conrad Anker
By: Chouinard, Yvon and Tom Frost
Price $25.00
- Item # HW24A-363
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HIGH ADVENTURE 1955 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary
By: Hillary, Edmund
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $495.00, You Save $345.00 (70%)
- Item # OP138H-7323
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart