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Title: Last Step: The American Ascent of K2.
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA
Publication Date: 1980
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First Ed, unstated.
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* A mountaineering classic
* Conflict, hardship, endurance, triumph -- it's all here in Ridgeway's extraordinary story
In September 1978, Rick Ridgeway, Jim Wickwire, Lou Reichardt and John Roskelley stood atop K2, the first Americans ever to achieve this victory. Under the leadership of Jim Whittaker, they and their teammates had spent 67 days on the mountain, nearly all of them above 18,000 feet, where the stresses of high-altitude living, of monotonous food, of confinement in tiny tents for day after day of frustrating storms had worn them down to the core.
The Last Step is Rick Ridgeway's inside story of this extraordinary expedition. It's about the people who, battered by the mountain and their isolation, overcame their individual fears, desire, and disappointments to work together to get somebodyñanybodyñto the top of K2. It's about the glorious success the team achieved, and about the perilous bivouac Jim Wickwire spent just below the summit without food, oxygen or shelter in temperatures of -40F.
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Rick Ridgeway is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, author, photographer, and environmentalist based in Ojai, California. He was included in National Geographic Adventure’s “Hall of Fame” in 2008-2009. His writings and photographs have appeared in many publications.
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