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Monday, December 21, 2020

Two European mountaineers embark this week on a bitterly cold, week-long trek to reach base camp on the world's second highest mountain, in a bid to achieve something that no human has ever done before.



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But break dancing and curling are Olympic sports.

#1 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-12-20 11:22 PM | Reply

Break dancing is just another form of gymnastics as curling is another form of shuffleboard. It's all gay, not that there's anything wrong with that.

#2 | Posted by bruceaz at 2020-12-21 12:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

60 Climbers is a suicide line on K2...

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-12-21 05:35 PM | Reply

60 Climbers is a suicide line on K2...

Would K-2 in the winter have the climbs spread out a bit, or is it like Everest in May when every team tries to summit on the same day?

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-12-21 06:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm going to put the over/under on deaths at 9.

#5 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2020-12-21 06:29 PM | Reply

$4 "every team tries to summit on the same day"

It's a shame that they do just that. Plus K2 is the last summit with altitudes above 8000m which allows winter climbs
so the idiot public throws over a pack, checks their laces and tries to climb a 25% fatality mountain.

#6 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-12-21 06:45 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by REDIAL

K2 is different and I don't know how much control they exercise but call it a hunch if the weather is good there will be a mad dash - like Everest. You can only wait so long before you have to come down.

Also consider over 1 in 4 trying to summit K2 die - the number is about 1 in 25 on Everest. I think around 400 people have ever summited it, I don't know the latest numbers but Everest is well over 6000 now. Most years very few if any manage to summit. Weather is much worse on K2 than on Everest - both colder and windier. The climb is harder and more technical than Everest no matter what route they take. It is only about 750 shorter than Everest.

Most of people take the same route up K2 "Abruzzi Spur" and far fewer the North Ridge. That will climb will be from the Pakistan side - Note not Nepal, There are about 5 used routes in total. Most climb Everest from Nepal. K2 is remote as well.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-12-21 09:18 PM | Reply

"Also consider over 1 in 4 trying to summit K2 die"

I'm sure somebody will miss them, but come on, those are worse odds than playing Russian roulette.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-12-21 09:33 PM | Reply

K2 will kill you in ways other mountains can't. If they take the Abruzzi spur route...which I'm assuming they are...they'll have to go through the bottleneck, which is basically one ginormous calving glacier that could go at any time. And then once they gone through and summited, they have to go back down through it again.

Most of the dangers of the K2 climb can probably be mitigated for in some way. But not that one. Especially if you're not taking supplemental oxygen.

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-12-22 01:00 AM | Reply

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