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The Last Man on the Mountain

The Death of an American Adventurer on K2

by Jennifer Jordan

Hardcover, 302 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $26.95 |

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The Last Man on the Mountain
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The Death of an American Adventurer on K2
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Jennifer Jordan

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In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn't get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before Jennifer Jordan discovered his remains. Here, readers follow Wolfe from the salons of Europe to the most forbidding landscape on earth.—From publisher description.

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Stories From The 'Savage Mountain': Death On K2
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