The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2. Signed Mountaineering, Rick Ridgeway.

The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2.

Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1980. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with one small closed edge tear. This copy is signed by members of the expedition including Jim Wickwire, James Whittaker, Rick Ridgeway, John Roskelley, and Dianne Roberts. 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 somebody, anybody to the top of K2. Item #27774

Price: $175.00