Author/Climber Discusses Book on 2008 K2 Tragedy

Photo of Freddie Wilkinson

SCARBOROUGH – Author and climber Freddie Wilkinson will discuss his book One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

Wilkinson’s in-depth reporting on the 2008 K2 season changed public perception of the tragedy that took the lives of 11 climbers. Based on his numerous trips to Nepal and in-depth interviews with the survivors, the families of the lost climbers, and the Sherpa guides whose heroic efforts saved the lives of at least four climbers, Wilkinson’s narrative uncovers what actually occurred on the mountain and offers an insightful look into the lives of the six Sherpas who were involved. His presentation will include footage from a film he produced on Sherpa culture.

From the teahouses of Khumbu Himal to obscure glaciers of the Alaska Range to storm-lashed Patagonian spires, Wilkinson is an alpinist known for his infectious energy and original lines of ascent. In 2012, Wilkinson received the prestigious Piolet d’Or for making the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, the second highest unclimbed mountain in the world at the time.

Wilkinson’s writing has appeared in Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Outside, The New York Times, Alpinist, Rock and Ice, and the Huffington Post. He is also a partner in Salt Pump Climbing Company—a new indoor climbing gym now open in Scarborough.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Copies of One Mountain Thousand Summits will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Library’s website at