Ghosts of K2 – Mick Conefrey

Another history of the 20th century’s attempts to ascend, and descend, the world’s second highest mountain – K2. K is for Karakoram, and “The Savage Mountain” as it’s sometimes called, lies on the border between Pakistan and China, in the former’s far north west, an area I visited back in 2006, and fell in love … Continue reading “Ghosts of K2 – Mick Conefrey”

K2: One Woman’s Quest for the Summit – Heidi Howkins

Sharing her car on an overnight drive home with a hitchhiker Hiddle, Heidi Howkins shares vignettes of some of the climbs and crises that culminated in her 1998 attempt on K2. More shocking than her descriptions of finding dead bodies of climbers killed in previous years are her accounts of domestic violence meted out by … Continue reading “K2: One Woman’s Quest for the Summit – Heidi Howkins”

K2: Triumph and Tragedy – Jim Curran

Jim Curran’s account of the 1986 K2 season which saw 13 deaths on the world’s second highest mountain. In contrast to the 1996 Everest “disaster”, we’re still in the era of pre-commercial climbs by experienced climber-mountaineers: 27 summitted, including Alan Rouse who became the first British person to do so. This is a thoughtful account … Continue reading “K2: Triumph and Tragedy – Jim Curran”

K2: The Story of the Savage Mountain – Jim Curran

Moving away from Everest ascents, deaths and other disasters to read about more of the same on the next highest mountain – Pakistan’s K2. A good run through the British Empire’s discovery and mapping of the mountain and attempts to climb it up to 1995 (but narrowly missing Alison Hargreaves). Lots of focus on the … Continue reading “K2: The Story of the Savage Mountain – Jim Curran”

Mera Peak – Amphu Lapsta Pass – Island Peak: Photos & Notes

I wrote up my first(ish) impressions of last November’s four week trek-with-ascents in my Mera Peak – Amphu Lapsta Pass – Island Peak: We’re back blogpost. This blogpost is my day by day account, with links to each day’s photos, of my trek with Steffi, Nicola, Ernst, Stuart and Paul, led by Val Pitkethly and … Continue reading “Mera Peak – Amphu Lapsta Pass – Island Peak: Photos & Notes”