ONE MAN’S CLIMB
Former British Army Gurkha turned adventurer and leadership coach Adrian Hayes couldn’t shake the idea of climbing K2. The secondhighest mountain in the world is lower than Everest, but its death ratio is far higher. Up to 2013, for every four climbers who reached the top, one died trying. In 2013, Hayes got as far as camp two before turning back due to avalanche risks. Kiwi father and son Marty and Denali Schmidt pushed on and paid with their lives. Hayes returned in 2014 for another attempt because mountaineering makes him “come alive”. This single-minded (bloodyminded, perhaps) pursuit of his passion goes some way to explaining the fact that at one point he hasn’t seen his children for two years. This is an interesting read for anyone fascinated with climbing and mountaineering. There are also some leadership lessons, though thankfully not too many.
CLAIRE SUTHERLAND VERDICT: Adenturous