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  • The Ogre

    Started with a serious and detailed description of the work done in the region, surveying and mapping. Continued with a great insight into planning and preparing for the climb. Gave a candid, but spine-chilling account of accidents and setbacks faced by the climbers. Until this book I had always assumed that Doug Scott's and Chris Bonington's recovery from the mountain was totally in the hands of their fellow climbers - I now realise how much they were doing for themselves. My opinion of their skill, toughness and ability to withstand acute pain has got even higher. Sadly, after having started the book, I heard the news of Doug Scott's death. My hero worship continues.

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  • Good book

    Good story but for the price too short. More about the climb and trip back would have made the book better

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  • Ogre-rageously Excellent

    Kudos to Doug for spending the majority of this book to bring us some of the geological, geopolitical and human history in this historically and politically significant part of the world. Only Galen Rowell’s In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods compares. Doug, a highly accomplished mountaineer, climber and humanitarian, does not let his ego take over the story. He is one of the best at recognizing the contributions of his team mates, and the most important people of all the Balti people and porters. I had the good fortune to spend time with them during a trek to K2.

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