The Time Has Come: Ger McDonnell: His Life & His Death on K2

October 30, 2020
The Time Has Come: Ger McDonnell: His Life & His Death on K2

K2 is one of the world's most difficult and unpredictablemountains. At 8,611 metres/28,251 feet, the world's second tallestmountain is regarded by most climbers as the ultimate achievementin mountaineering.On 1 August 2008 Ger McDonnell became the first Irish person toreach the summit of K2 as part of the Norit K2 team. But neitherGer nor the other climbers knew that below them an avalanche hadswept away their ropes. Joy soon turned to dismay for the McDonnellfamily waiting at home as Ger's status on Norit's website, 'GerardMcDonnell status unknown', remained unchanged for what seemed likean eternity. The descent witnessed one of the worst tragedies inrecent climbing history.Echoing Ger's final message before he set off for the summit,The Time Has Come pieces together the details of whathappened that fateful day and recounts stories from Ger'sremarkable life, from his childhood in Limerick and his move toAlaska to his love of music and of climbing. Using eyewitnessaccounts, countless hours of interviews with surviving climbers,family, friends and others involved, photographic research andGer's own writings, a compelling story of bravery and heroism inthe face of terrible odds emerges. This epic account of 37-year-oldIrishman Ger McDonnell reveals a man who was passionate about lifeand lived it to its entirety.Mike Barry, first Irishman to reach the South Pole, said of Gerthat he would 'go into the abyss, give you his shirt and help youto get out'.