The Last Step (Legends & Lore edition)

The American Ascent of K2

  • 384 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-59485-861-1
  • Feb 14, 2014


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* A mountaineering classic
* Conflict, hardship, endurance, triumph -- it's all here in Ridgeway's extraordinary story

In September 1978, Rick Ridgeway, Jim Wickwire, Lou Reichardt and John Roskelley stood atop K2, the first Americans ever to achieve this victory. Under the leadership of Jim Whittaker, they and their teammates had spent 67 days on the mountain, nearly all of them above 18,000 feet, where the stresses of high-altitude living, of monotonous food, of confinement in tiny tents for day after day of frustrating storms had worn them down to the core.

The Last Step is Rick Ridgeway's inside story of this extraordinary expedition. It's about the people who, battered by the mountain and their isolation, overcame their individual fears, desire, and disappointments to work together to get somebodyñanybodyñto the top of K2. It's about the glorious success the team achieved, and about the perilous bivouac Jim Wickwire spent just below the summit without food, oxygen or shelter in temperatures of -40F.

Legends and Lore This title is part of our LEGENDS AND LORE series. Click here > to learn more.


  • 384 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-59485-861-1
  • Feb 14, 2014

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