K2 Book Avalanche

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

You can almost predict this stuff. In 2008 I wrote a piece for The Observer about the appalling loss of life on K2 that summer. This wasn't a quick 500-word news hit, it was a 4000-word feature, and to be honest I had my work cut out. Half the people on the mountain weren't sure what happened so what chance did I have? Nevertheless, when the piece came out as the cover story on the now sadly defunct Observer Sports Magazine, I got several calls from publishers wondering if I'd like to write a book about it. At the time, I was fed up only ever being asked to write stories about climbers dying, so I said no. Anyway, I had the strong suspicion that people who were actually there might have their own book deals in the offing. So it's proved. There's a raft of K2 books on the way. Already here is K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs with David Roberts. Newly minted is Wilco van Rooijen's Surviving K2, which tells of his involvment with the Irish climber Ger McDonell. There's an interview with Wilco at Rock & Ice. There are also books coming out by Jennifer Jordan and Freddie Wilkinson on K2 in the summer. I doubt any of them will match the classics already out there, particularly those by Charlie Houston and Jim Curran. But hey, the more the merrier.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 6.49 PM