The Last Man on the Mountain

The Last Man on the Mountain

The Death of An American Adventurer on K2

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the true story of a wealthy man of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, who set out to become the first man to climb K2 in 1939 but became a victim of altitude sickness and severe dehydration and was abandoned by the remaining members of his expedition.

Norton Pub
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.In a story where The Great Gatsby meets Into Thin Air, readers follow Wolfe from the salons of Europe to the most forbidding landscape on earth. Wolfe went to K2 to find his own strength, only to encounter his teammates’ lethal weaknesses in a place called the Death Zone.
The untold story of Dudley Wolfe and America’s ill-fated 1939 expedition to the roof of the world.

Book News
In 2002 while conducting research for Savage Summit, winner of the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Jennifer Jordan discovered the bleached bones of Dudley Wolfe at the base of K2. Missing since 1939, Wolfe, a wealthy New England adventurer, was abandoned by his team becoming the first recorded casualty of the mountain. Events surrounding his death have long been subject to speculation, and Jordan does a masterful job re-evaluating old sources and gleaning new insights from personal letters, interviews, and archives. Written with journalistic flair, this fast-paced narrative tells Wolfe's story with compassion, putting to rest uncharitable characterizations of the climber as an unfit dilettante. A nice selection of b&w photographs accompany the text. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

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.
Describes the true and tragic story of a wealthy man of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, who set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, believed to be more challenging than Mt. Everest.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393077780
0393077780
Branch Call Number: 796.522 J764L
Characteristics: 302 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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