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Breathtaking: K2

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Breathtaking: K2
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Breathtaking: K2

K2 is a savage mountain that tries to kill you.” That is how climber George Bell described the infamous peak after the first American expedition in 1953–forever giving the mountain its nickname–The Savage Mountain. Sixty-six years later, Eddie Bauer mountain guides Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez aim to summit the 8611-meter peak and join a community of explorers fewer in number than those who have been to outer space. Even more incredible, they both will attempt the feat without the use of supplemental oxygen. Every step of the way the team faces hazardous conditions, terrifying setbacks, and crushing misfortunes. But as Ballinger puts it, “I'll go until the mountain tells me I can’t go anymore.


5 Jun, 2020

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 !

j

5 Jun, 2020

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.

5 Jun, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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!!!

Chris

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