Fall 2011 Front Range Book Club

Jim Moss, the Front Range book club’s fearless leader writes in:

Next Book club meeting is September 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the AAC.  We’ll be reading One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 by Freddie Wilkinson.  Here’s Alpinist’s review.

October 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the AAC, we’ll have Jim Davison, who just wrote The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan. Jim lives in Fort Collins and we were able to entice him to come down and talk about his book.  We don’t have it here in the library yet, but we expect it soon!

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Freddie Wilkinson Slideshow and Booksigning – September 13th, 6pm

Courtesy of Penguin Books

Courtesy of Penguin Books

“An insider’s account of one of the deadliest and most controversial tragedies in mountaineering history-the 2008 K2 disaster.

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 non 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. This work combines a criticism of the mainstream press’s less-than-complete coverage of the tragedy and an insightful portrait of the lives of 21st-century Sherpas into an intelligent, white-knuckled adventure narrative.”

Join Freddie Wilkinson September 13th 6:00pm in Foss Audtiorium, American Mountaineering Center, Golden, for a slideshow and discussion on his book One Mountain Thousand Summits.

Read more about Freddie at Mountain Hardwear, Climbing, and The Huffington Post.

Books will be for sale $20, and a percentage of sales will benefit the AAC Library.