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ENDLESS KNOT: K2: MOUNTAIN OF DREAMS AND DESTINY 1991 1st US ed Hardcover DJ New SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger
By Diemberger, Kurt
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SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger

1991, 1st US edition. 308 pp, color & b/w photos, maps, bibliography, index. Diemberger has climbed Broad Peak, Dhaulagiri, Everest, K2, Makalu, Gasherbrum II and previous attempts on K2. Most importantly it includes his gripping story of the tragic 1986 K2 climb, when Julie Tullis, Alan Rouse & 12 others died on the mountain including his struggle against a storm with six other climbers high on the mountain.  Only two of the seven climbers made it back alive.   See Licht und Schatten am K2 by Gertude Reinisch and Willi Bauer which is also available.  Hardcover with DJ, New.


 

 
Kurt Diemberger (born 1932 in Austria), is the only remaining person alive that has made the first ascents on two mountains over 8,000 metres. In 1957, he made the first ascent of Broad Peak and in 1960, the first ascent of Dhaulagiri. Diemberger was also the last person to see Hermann Buhl alive before he fell through a cornice on Chogolisa. Diemberger was one of only two survivors in the 1986 K2 Disaster.

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 metres. They managed to reach Camp IV the next day, where they were forced to share a tent with five other climbers after their tent had collapsed from hurricane force winds. Unfortunately, Julie died later that night, possibly from HACE. Kurt Diemberger was one of the two climbers who managed to escape from the mountain and live through the descent.  In all five of the seven climbers trapped by the storm high on the mountain perished.

Diemberger is still active in the mountaineering world and works on film projects with his daughter.

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