Product Image In 1977 a British expedition led by Himalayan veteran Geoff Strickland, summiteer of K2 and Everest among others, set off to attempt the first ascent of unclimbed Puthemojar – the ‘Mantis’ – in the Karakoram. 25,311 feet high, renowned for its difficulty, and with a fearsome reputation, the Mantis had claimed the life of at least one climber on each of the previous expeditions that had attempted to scale its complex series of ridges and icefalls. The Mantis tells for the first time the gripping story of that 1977 British expedition. It is a portrait of these men, their drive, this mountain and a credible testimony of just what went on, high on the Mantis.
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