ONE MAN’S CLIMB

Life & Style Weekend - - RELAX - Adrian Hayes PEN & SWORD, $30

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

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