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Summiting ‘Savage Mountain’: The harrowing story of these Washington climbers’ K2 ascent

Traditional view of K2 (from south) taken from Concordia, a meeting-place of several glaciers, about nine miles from the mountain and 13,000 feet below the summit.

A 14-person expedition with strong Seattle roots conquered K2 in September 1978, the first Americans to do so. The climb was a monument to grit and determination, beset by adversity, yet successful at the point when it seemed another failure was inevitable.  VIEW

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