Since they were once avoided at all costs how have mountains in the space of three centuries come to exert such a strange and sometimes fatal hold on the imagination moving millions every year to risk their lives? The author of this engaging book seeks to answer these questions.
On 1 August 2008 18 climbers from across the world reached the summit of K2 the world’s second highest and most dangerous mountain - a peak which claims the life of one in every four climbers who attempt it.
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