Buried in the Sky

  • by Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan
  • Narrated by David Doersch
  • 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time.
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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What the Critics Say

"Buried in the Sky is a compelling account of the men who have literally shouldered the rest of the world’s mountaineers up K2." (Norman Ollestad, best-selling author of Crazy for the Storm )

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Sherpas, The True Unsung Heroes

This is a very interesting book about the deadliest assault on K2 which occurred in 2008 and left 11 dead. For some reason, I have a real affinity for mountain climbing stories, having read many of them. This one is a bit different from the others, as it focuses on the Sherpa, the real unsung heroes of the Nepalese climbing experience. There is included a good deal of Sherpa history--actually, everything you might wonder about them.

While I love to read these true stories, I in no way understand the need to climb these dangerous and inhospitable peaks. Why anyone would risk their life (and it IS a very real risk) is beyond me. In listening to this audiobook, I felt myself getting angry at times at the loss of life for NO good reason. I would mutter under my breath, "Idiots!" At least one can understand why the Sherpa do it--it is for monetary gains and perhaps one of the only ways they can support their families adequately. In addition, over time they have become biologically more able to withstand the rigors of high altitude climbing.

If you can put this unfathomable quality aside, it is a fascinating story, albeit sad. As far as the narrator goes, I feel he is quite good. He is a natural at doing accents and doesn't detract anything from the story. At first he sounded too business-like, but this quickly passed and I felt he was an asset to the book. It was a fast and easy listen and well worth the time.

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- Kathy "Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy."

Tragic story on K2

Didn't know much about mountain climbing, but found myself pulled in by this tragic story. Details and personal history of those involved and the events that led to the disaster made for a compelling telling of K2s deadliest day. Learning something about the Sherpas and mountain climbing in general, I still cant say I completely understand why they do what they do, but in listening to this story, I am amazed anyone survived and I have an increased respect for what they do.
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- danny lawrence "Tell us about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios