Why is it called K2?
The mountain was discovered in 1856 by Col. T.G. K2, Chinese Qogir Feng, also called Mount Godwin Austen, called locally Dapsang or Chogori, Montgomerie of the Survey of India, and it was given the symbol K2 because it was the second peak measured in the Karakoram Range.
the world’s second highest peak (28,251 feet [8,611 meters] second only to Mount Everest.
The name Mount Godwin Austen is for the peak’s first surveyor, Col.
Why K2 Brings Out the Best and Worst in Those Who Climb It
K2 is “a savage mountain that tries to kill you,” according to American climber George Bell. Rising steeply above the Karakoram Range along the Pakistan-China border and battered by atrocious weather, this pyramid-shaped mountain has always been the ultimate challenge for the world’s best mountaineers—and the graveyard of many of their ambitions. In 2008, in the worst accident in its history, 11 climbers perished trying to climb K2.
While making a documentary for the BBC, Mick Conefrey was lucky enough to meet a number of the pioneers who attempted to conquer the mountain, first submitted by Italian Ardito Desio’s team in 1954.
It was first surveyed as part of the British Survey of India in 1856, by T.G. Montgomery. The British wanted to work out in particular where the border was between Kashmir and China, as there was a fear the Russian Empire would extend southwards. It’s called K2 because it’s found in the Karakoram Range to the northeast of the Himalayas on the border of today’s Pakistan and China. When they were doing the original survey, they gave all of the mountains K numbers. The surveyor would get the altitude of a mountain, write that down as K1 and the next one would be K2, K3, and so forth. Later, they went back and asked local people, “What’s this mountain over here called?” Then they would give it a local name, like Gasherbrum or Kanjut Sar. But K2 is so remote even today.
The women who have climbed K2
For a long time there was this strange fact that women who did manage to get to the top either died on the descent or died a few years later . The first to summit was Wanda Rutkiewicz. She got there just ahead of French climber Liliane Barrard, then died on Kanchenjunga six years later. In 1986, Barrard climbed with her husband Maurice Barrard, and they died on the descent. Similarly, British climber Julie Tullis got to the summit then died on the way down. Same with Alison Hargreaves. This gave rise to the idea that there was a curse on K2 for women climbers. Of course, that has been disproved. There have been women who have climbed K2, among them the legendary Spanish climber, Edurne Pasaban, who was the first woman to climb every “Eight Thousander.”
Pakistan Teen Climber
Pakistani mountaineer Shehroze Kashif faced many dangers climbing the planet’s tallest peaks, but his toughest moment came when he passed the corpse of his hero on the savage slopes of K2.
Kashif was 19 years and 138 days old when in July he became the youngest person to summit both Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, and K2, the second-highest.It was on K2, just below the infamous stretch known as the Bottleneck, that he passed the bodies of Iceland’s John Snorri, Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr and Pakistani climbing legend Ali Sadpara.
Guinness World Records officially declared him the youngest person to climb K2 and the youngest to climb both the world’s two highest mountains.
Kashif, who began climbing in his early teens, scaled the world’s 12th-highest mountain, the 8,047-meter (26,400-foot) Broad Peak, at the age of 17.
Bodies of missing climbers spotted
Several of Pakistan’s youngest climbers have been on K2 in recent days.
Sajid Ali Sadpara, who in 2019 became the youngest to climb K2 at the age of 20, is part of an expedition to the mountain to find the body of his father, who went missing along with two other climbers in February. On Monday, Sherpas affixing ropes for climbers about 300 metres (984 feet) below an obstacle known as the Bottleneck discovered the bodies of Muhammad Ali Sadpara of Pakistan, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr.
The same day, Samina Baig, 30, said she was abandoning an attempt to summit the mountain because of dangerous conditions. Baig became the youngest Pakistani woman to scale Mount Everest in 2013.
On Sunday night, the body of Scottish climber Rick Allen, 68, was recovered after he was swept away by an avalanche while attempting to traverse a new route on K2’s southeastern face.
Bodies of three missing climbers spotted on Pakistan’s K2
Pakistani officials said three climbers missing on the K2 mountain had died, calling off an extraordinary rescue mission that had involved the military and international mountaineers since the group lost contact on Feb. 5.
Muhammad Ali Sadpara, 45, of Pakistan, John Snorri, 47, of Iceland, and Juan Pablo Mohr, 33, of Chile, were last seen just 300 metres short of the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. It is believed the group reached the summit but encountered a problem on the way down.
“So far we were searching and hoping to find them alive, but today we have officially declared them dead, so that will stop,” Raja Nasir Ali Khan, minister of Minister for Tourism for Gilgit-Baltistan, the northern region where the climbers went missing. The search for the bodies of the climbers will continue, Khan said.
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