Mick Conefrey’s The Ghosts of K2 guides us through the early story of the legendary mountain and the extraordinary attempts that led up to its first ascent in 1954.
These are tales of riveting drama and unimaginable tragedy.
Starting with the ill-fated attempts of the drug-addicted occultist Aleister Crowley and the wealthy Italian Duke of Abruzzi, the book then focuses on the three dramatic expeditions of 1939, 1953 and 1954.
The thread joining them together is the American Charlie Houston – a brilliant but tortured expedition leader who dreamed of being the first man to make it all the way to the top.
Based on exclusive interviews with surviving team members and their families, and access to diaries and letters that have been archived around the world, this is a narrative that evokes the true atmosphere of the ‘Savage Mountain’ and explores the complicated legacy of the first ascent.
Mick Conefrey is the author of Everest 1953, How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt and The Adventurer’s Handbook. An internationally recognized filmmaker, he has produced several BBC documentaries on mountaineering and exploration, including the prize-winning The Ghosts of K2. He lives in Oxford.
Saturday, October 31. The Beacon. 1pm Ticket: £6
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