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SUMMITS AND SECRETS Kurt Diemberger 1971-1991 Paperback Fine Multiple copies available (See descriptions)
By Diemberger, Kurt
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This is one of the great narratives of the Golden Age of Himalayan Climbing, when people were still able to do first ascents. It has been reprinted several times and we often have used copies of the various paperback versions and can sell them at a very reasonable price. The condition is usually Fine because while it may have been read just once, or never, and never spent time in used bookstores or thrift shops being manhandled and bought and sold. 

London, Hodder, 1971. 344 pp, b/w photos. Used paperback. Near Fine to Fine.

Seattle, Mountaineers, 1991. 348 pp, b/w photos. Used Paperback, Near Fine to Fine.

Diemberger's great Summits and Secrets is still in print in 2021, a record 50 years!  New paperbacks are now $17. We have several copies of the previous printings of the USA and UK paperback editions. You can choose which you prefer. Other than the cover photo they are identical. That is why we are showing both in the image. Just leave a comment in the ''Comments'' box as you check out on our website if you have a preference. 

The 1971 UK paperback of Summits and Secrets has the orange tents in sunlight on the cover.

 The 1991 US edition of Summits and Secrets has yellow tents in twilight (getting dark) on the cover.

Diemberger's first book Summits and Secrets describes his two greatest climbs, the first ascent of two 8000 meter peaks, Dhaulagiri and Broad Peak, plus his Eigerr North Face climb, and many other extreme climbs of his youth. .

Diemberger made first ascents of Broad Peak and Dhaulagiri. This is one of the most desirable and well written Himalayan books. 

Kurt Diemberger (born 1932 in Austria and still alive in 2021 at 89 years old), 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 six other climbers after their tent had collapsed from hurricane force winds. 

Unfortunately, Julie died later that night, possibly from HACE, and only one other of climbers survived the descent with Diemberger. Diemberger is still active in the mountaineering world and works on film projects with his daughter.





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