Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Writing Lino Lacedelli's obituary this week, I was reminded of the impact his 2004 book K2: The Price of Victory had on the bitter and sometimes confrontational saga that was the Italian expedition to K2 in 1954. Italian mountaineering has more than its fair share of controversy, usually hidden behind a glamorous but sometimes self-congratulatory façade. But Lacedelli's account was a meaningful attempt to set the record straight. Written with journalist Giovanni Cenacchi, it's not perfect, and inconsistencies remain, but it does exonerate Bonatti and give the clearest indication yet of what actually happened up there, when Lacadelli and Achille Compagnoni became the first men to climb the world's second-highest mountain.
Posted by Ed Douglas at 4.45 PM