In 1978, a team of American alpinists consisting of Jeff and George Lowe, Michael Kennedy and Jim Donini set off for an unclimbed peak in the remote mountains of northern Pakistan. The infamous attempt is now considered one of the greatest failures in the history of American alpinism.
The team had seen a black and white photograph of the North Ridge of Latok 1 (7145m) and they all shared a vision of what could be achieved with a small group of climbers and a fast and light, alpine approach to a Himalayan expedition. The team's approach differed to other expeditions in the 70s which would seek to establish camps and fix ropes - a method which Jim Donini describes as 'beating the mountain to death.'
Their high point on the ridge still hasn't been matched, despite roughly twenty attempts since. Although a British-Slovenian team of Tom Livingstone, Aleš Česen and Luka Strazar made the first ascent of Latok I from the North, but opted to avoid the ridge line for the last quarter due to the inherent danger.