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The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2by Jennifer Jordan
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In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn't get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before Jennifer Jordan discovered his remains.
In a story where The Great Gatsby meets Into Thin Air, readers follow Wolfe from the salons of Europe to the most forbidding landscape on earth. Wolfe went to K2 to find his own strength, only to encounter his teammates' lethal weaknesses in a place called the Death Zone.
Book News Annotation:
In 2002 while conducting research for Savage Summit, winner of the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Jennifer Jordan discovered the bleached bones of Dudley Wolfe at the base of K2. Missing since 1939, Wolfe, a wealthy New England adventurer, was abandoned by his team becoming the first recorded casualty of the mountain. Events surrounding his death have long been subject to speculation, and Jordan does a masterful job re-evaluating old sources and gleaning new insights from personal letters, interviews, and archives. Written with journalistic flair, this fast-paced narrative tells Wolfe's story with compassion, putting to rest uncharitable characterizations of the climber as an unfit dilettante. A nice selection of b&w photographs accompany the text. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The untold story of Dudley Wolfe and America's ill-fated 1939 expedition to the roof of the world.
In a book where "The Great Gatsby" meets "Into Thin Air," readers learn the untold story of Dudley Wolfe and America's ill-fated 1939 expedition to K2.
About the Author
Jennifer Jordan, an award-winning author, filmmaker, and screenwriter, has twice lived at the base of K2, where in 2002 she found the remains of Dudley Wolfe, the hero of The Last Man on the Mountain, her second book. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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