The Time Has Come
Ger McDonnell: His Life & His Death on K2
By Damien O’Brien
K2 is one of the world's most difficult and unpredictable mountains. At 28,251 feet, the world's second-tallest mountain, most climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering. On 1 August 2008 Ger McDonnell became the first Irish person to reach the summit of K2 as part of the Norit K2 team. But Ger and the other climbers didn’t know that below them an avalanche had swept away their ropes. Joy soon turned to dismay for the McDonnell family waiting by computers and phones as Ger’s status ‘Gerard Mc Donnell status unknown’ remained unchanged for what seemed an eternity.
The descent witnessed one of the worst tragedies in recent climbing history. Eleven climbers died, including Ger McDonnell. What exactly happened on that first day of August 2008? Could the disaster have been avoided? Echoing Ger’s final message before he set off for the summit, The Time Has Come pieces together the details of what happened that fateful day. Using eyewitness accounts, countless hours of interviewing surviving climbers, family, friends and others involved, photographic research and Ger’s writings, a compelling and revealing story of bravery and heroism in the face of terrible odds emerges. This epic account of 37-year-old Irishman Ger McDonnell reveals a man who was passionate about life and lived it to its entirety, a life that was short but filled with adventure.
Available through Collins Press nationwide soon.