The Last Blue Mountain

The Last Blue Mountain The Great Karakoram Climbing Tragedy

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'When an accident occurs, something may emerge of lasting value, for the human spirit may rise to its greatest heights. This happened on Haramosh.'

The Last Blue Mountain is the heart-rending true story of the 1957 expedition to Mount Haramosh in the Karakoram range in Pakistan. With the summit beyond reach, four young climbers are about to return to camp. Their brief pause to enjoy the view and take photographs is interrupted by an avalanche which sweeps Bernard Jillott and John Emery hundreds of feet down the mountain into a snow basin. Miraculously, they both survive the fall. Rae Culbert and Tony Streather risk their own lives to rescue their friends, only to become stranded alongside them.

The group's efforts to return to safety are increasingly desperate, hampered by injury, exhaustion and the loss of vital climbing gear. Against the odds, Jillott and Emery manage to climb out of the snow basin and head for camp, hoping to reach food, water and assistance in time to save themselves and their companions from an icy grave. But another cruel twist of fate awaits them.

An acclaimed mountaineering classic in the same genre as Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, Ralph Barker's The Last Blue Mountain is an epic tale of friendship and fortitude in the face of tragedy.

About the Publisher

Vertebrate Publishing

Vertebrate Publishing

At Vertebrate we're passionate about each and every book we publish, and we're fanatical about the great outdoors, be it mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing or hill walking. We just want to be out there doing it (particularly as it's wall-to-wall blue sky outside as we write this!). Based in Sheffield, on the doorstep of the Peak District, we're blessed with access to world-class mountain biking and climbing and this provides the ongoing inspiration for our ever-expanding range of books. We're the publishing imprint of award-winning design agency Vertebrate Graphics, and we released our first title (Dark Peak Mountain Biking - True Grit Trails) in 2004 to critical acclaim. called Dark Peak Mountain Biking 'a very high-quality volume and certainly far and away the best Peak guide we've come across', and Singletrack Magazine were also impressed: 'One of the best guides to the Peak District we have come across.'

Book information

ISBN: 9781912560424
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 796.5220922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 350g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 20mm