THE UNPUBLISHED STORY OF A CONQUEST
Gasherbrum 1958 by Walter Bonatti
«It is a desperate fight, between reality and ourselves, but in the end we win. At exactly half past twelve, our flags from Italy, Pakistan and the CAI wave, or rather wave violently, at the mercy of the stormy summit wind. We are at 7,980 meters, at the highest level of the GIV ».
This is how Walter Bonatti evokes the conquest of Gasherbrum IV by the Italian expedition that conquered its summit on August 6, 1958. An epic undertaking, among the perennial snows of the Karakorum, different from all the others, following a path that no one has returned to be repeated in the following sixty years.
The story that unfolds in these pages, written by the great mountaineer on his return after the adventure, has been forgotten for dozens of years among all the documents in his personal archive. In 2016 the heirs of Bonatti donated all this legacy to the Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin, and during the cataloging work this unpublished testimony to date was discovered to make us relive one of the great pages of the history of climbing in the Himalayas.
Bonatti rewrites the story with revelations about the expedition, the memory of his companions —Carlo Mauri, Riccardo Cassin, Bepi De Francesch, Donato Zeni and Fosco Maraini—, the details and the extreme difficulty of the slow and exciting approach to the summit, and some controversy after the return to Italy. An extraordinary document that restores the epic dimension of a great company through the words of its unforgettable protagonist.
Editorial: Ediciones Desnivel
Issue date: 2019
Place of edition: Madrid.
Edition number: 1st
Collection: Literature nº 153
Binding: Paperback with flap
Dimensions: 15 cm x 23 cm
Page Number: 208
Subjects: Mountain / Mountain Literature (Spanish)