Graham Bowley, the author of ‘No Way Down’ will give a talk on Saturday 20th November at 7.30pm in The Queen’s Hall, Keswick.
It’s the summit of K2, on the 1st of August 2008. An exhausted band of climbers join the elite who have conquered the world’s most lethal mountain. But as they celebrate, far below them an ice shelf collapses and sweeps away their ropes. They will be forced to descend into the blackness with no lines. Of the thirty who set out, eleven will never make it back. “No Way Down” weaves a tale of human courage, folly, survival and devastating loss.
So what drove them to try to conquer this elusive peak? And what went wrong that fateful day? Based on in-depth interviews with surviving climbers and many Sherpas, porters, and family and friends of the deceased, No Way Down reveals for the first time the full dimensions of this harrowing drama.
“Riveting and powerful: an extraordinary story of an extraordinary tragedy. Reading No Way Down is the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day” Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer and author
No Way Down is shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize. Graham will be happy to sign copies of his book after the talk.
Win a signed copy of No Way Down
Review in the Financial Times No Way Down: Life and Death on K2, Graham Bowley, a former FT journalist, uses his reporter’s investigative skills to weave together an unputdownable narrative, based on hundreds of interviews and a trip to K2 base camp… His book is a portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival, as complete a version of the calamitous story as will probably ever emerge, including the tragic account of what may be “one of the most selfless rescue attempts in the history of high-altitude mountaineering”.
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