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Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend.
At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.
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By SAM on 09-09-14
Great Storytelling/ Story
What does David Doersch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As a narrator, David Doersch makes great effort to bring this book to life. Especially noteworthy in this performance are his attempts to articulate accents, and onomatopoeia.
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"Buried in the Sky" examines the business of high altitude climbing from a vastly different perspective than many accounts penned by other authors on the topic. From the Rowaling Valley in Nepal (altitude 12,000 feet above sea level) up the soaring slopes of the world's tallest peaks, the authors follow key points in the life of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and his own personal journey out of poverty and up the mountains, first as a porter, and then as a mountaineer. The story finds it's apex on K2 in 2008 when 11 climbers perished on the slopes. The book is well written and trimmed with rich cultural detail, bridging a crevasse sometimes left untraversed by other authors on the subject. Noteworthy about the book is the authors' attention to rich folklore, adding a new dimension to those 8,000 meter giants.
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By Jennifer on 05-31-16
Great perspective & a total page turner
I listened to this book over the course of two days, that's really fast for me and a testament to what a fast read 'Buried in the Sky' is. I love books about mountaineering and extreme sports and I now consider 'Buried in the Sky' among my favorites. The 2008 season on K2 was a tragedy and listening to the telling of it is extremely addictive, but the perspective of the Sherpa climbers, Pemba and Chhiring, was what made this book stand out. How and why the people native to the Himalaya region make the difficult choices (and sometimes they have little choice) to become porters/guides/climbing team members is such a silent voice in the world of mountaineering novels. Exploring the spiritual beliefs of the region was an eye-opening glimpse into the local relationship with the landscape and the prevailing views on mountaineering. I definitely recommend this book - really interesting read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful