Russians Experiencing K2′s Fury
A month ago, we did a post on a group of Russian alpinists hoping to achieve the first-ever winter summit of K2 – the second-highest (and arguably the most dangerous) peak on the planet.
How’s that effort going? Not well at all. According to the team’s official website, bad weather has prevented the Russians from making significant progress up the mountain – and one member of the team has already been evacuated by helicopter after suffering frostbitten fingers.
The Russians are hoping that the weather will eventually cooperate, but so far the “Savage Mountain” has more than lived up to its reputation.
At 8,611 meters (28,251 feet), K2 is 778 feet shorter than Mount Everest – but a much more challenging climb given its forbidding geography, steep slopes and frequent avalanches.
While more than 4,000 people have reached the summit of Everest, only 300 have stood atop K2. Meanwhile eighty people have died trying to climb the mountain – including eleven climbers who perished in 2008. Also, one out of every seven people who reaches the summit of K2 dies trying to get back down – a figure that jumps to one out of five for climbers not using supplemental oxygen.
For more on the Russian expedition, click on the link below …
K2 Winter Expedition (Official Site)