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K2: THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1955 Houston and Bates 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Pete Schoening and Dee Molenaar
By Houston, Charles and Robert Bates
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Charles Houston signing books for us.


Pete Schoening signing books for us.

SIGNED by Pete Schoening and Dee Molenaar


London, Collins, 1955, 1st UK edition. 192 pp, 22 b/w photos. Hardcover with chipped dust jacket. Book is fine. Near Fine overall.

All the signatures are on the title page. There is no other writing in the book. As time passes and we look back at that fateful climb on K2 in 1953, there is a growing appreciation of two of the climbers in particular. Pete Schoening and Tony Streather.

Schoening is most remembered for two events, saving the hole team with one belay in 1953, and making the first ascent of Gsherbrum I in 1958 with Andy Kaufmann. It was the only 8000 meter peak that had a first ascent by Americans.

Tony Streather was a British climber (rejected for the Everest first ascent expedition the same summer), who had a knack for usually being on the right expeditions. In 1950 he was on the summit team of four on Tirich Mir on the Norwegian expedition whose leader was Arne Naess who later wrote the book on the climb. In 1955 he was one of the team of four who made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga. In 1958 he was one of two survivors of a bad luck expedition to Haramosh, also in the Karakoram.

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 & 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.

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