K2, Chinese Qogir Feng, also called Mount Godwin Austen, called locally Dapsang or Chogori, the world's second highest peak at 28,251 feet (8,611 metres), second only to Mount Everest.
The percentage of climbers who die attempting to climb K2 is reported by NASA to be around 25%. The mountain is such a difficult, and at times inhospitable, place that it has never been climbed during the winter, either.
“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.”
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