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K2 - Breathtaking Fri Night Vid

© Eddie Bauer

Our Friday Night Video this week takes us to 8611 metres. After the first American expedition to K2 in 1953, George Bell said: 'K2 is a savage mountain that tries to kill you,' giving it the nickname the Savage Mountain. Sixty-six years later, we follow mountain guides Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez as they aim to summit the peak.

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5 Jun

Just savoured this accompanied with a mug of tea. What an exploit! Excellent film of gutsy attempt.

Thanks UKC for sharing this one.

A great weekend to all !


5 Jun

Great film, I really enjoyed it, but some of the comments on YouTube are suggesting that the film has completely missed out the fact that Nims and his team summitted just hours before these guys did, breaking trail and leaving fixed ropes. Seems a bit dishonest to omit these facts.

I stopped watching when he said some of his team would be using supplemental oxygen. It's a bit of a half way house between what is nowadays a normal expedition and an actual team achievement.

7 Jun

I understand that climbing K2 is really dangerous and difficult and only the fittest and most driven will get to the top....

...but there is something particularly uninspiring about a climbing film that defines climbing as endlessly pulling on fixed ropes. I'm sorry, I just don't get it. Why not spend 6 weeks in a freezer on a stairmaster playing Russian Roulette every second day. And a big telly for the view.

Actually, now I mention it, I think I've just invented Zwift for mountaineers. I'll call it Zlow.

7 Jun

He did say the fixed ropes didn't go ALL the way to the top, he knew when they ended there was still 30m to go!!!


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