When eleven men perished on the slopes of K2 in August 2008, it was one of the deadliest single events in Himalayan climbing and made headlines around the world. Yet none of the surviving western climbers could explain precisely what happened. Their memories were self-admittedly fogged by exhaustion, hypoxia, and hallucinations. The truth of what happened lies with four Sherpa guides who were largely ignored by the mainstream media in the aftermath of the tragedy, who lost two of their own during the incident, and whose heroic efforts saved the lives of at least four climbers.
Based on his numerous trips to Nepal and in-depth interviews he conducted with these unacknowledged heroes, the other survivors, and the families of the lost climbers, alpinist and veteran climbing writer Freddie Wilkinson presents the true story of what actually occurred on the "savage" mountain.
Please join K2 summiteer and American Alpine Club executive director Phil Powers, K2 summiteer Chris Warner, and alpinist Freddie Wilkinson for a reading, discussion, and signing of Wilkinson's new book on the 2008 K2 tragedy.
Thursday, July 22 at 7:00p.m.
Hearst Hall, The National Cathedral School (map)
3612 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC 20016
The event is FREE but there is a $6 fee for parking. It is pay to park, a $6.00 flat rate until 11PM, clearance is 7 feet 6 inches, with the entrance on Wisc. Ave. at a light in front of the Cathedral. Hearst Hall is almost on top of the parking garage at the corner of Wisc. Ave. and Woodley Rd. Entrance to the building is on the Cathedral side near the entrance to the garage. Click here for details on the Cathedral parking garage.Sponsored by Earth Treks and the American Alpine