K2, is the true climber’s mountain, more challenging and dangerous than Everest
The world learned this August, when 11 climbers perished within a span of 30 hours. This was classed as one of the worst disasters in the history of mountaineering.
Facts and Figures:
– K2 is nicknamed the “Savage Mountain” for its severe weather.
– Located in Pakistan/China
– Elevation of 28,253 feet (8,612 meters)
– The world’s second-highest summit
– First Ascent was in 1954 by Italian climbers Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli
Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2 whilst three others were left injured. The climbing season at K2 lasts from June to August, but in 2008 adverse weather prevented any groups from summiting during June and July. With the end of July approaching and weather forecasts indicating improvements several groups had arrived at Camp in preparation to try the summit as soon as weather would permit.
But confusion, accidents and disaster struck during both the ascents and descents … For more detailed, day-by-day information click here
This has been named as not only one of the worst climbing disasters, but perhaps one of the most stupid due to claims of the climbers being ill-equipped. One survivor, Confortola, says the expedition was plagued by inexperience and poor equipment as some ropes and spikes easily broke. He also told a scientific research group of feeling helpless when he and others made a futile attempt to rescue the three Koreans dangling from a rope.
Now, Nick Ryan has created a feature length documentary about the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history – The Summit
It will world premiere at the London Film Festival this October and been chosen to screen as part of the official competition for a London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary.
Once again this film will highlight the challenges, fear and terror faced by the climbers back in 2008 and will reflect the K2 Summit Climbing Disaster.
We hope that this film will be able to answer secrets, highlight the dangers of climbing but more importantly be deliacte enough for the friends and families of those effected.
It may end up becoming a Hollywood movie for the masses, but it was reality for a small few.
This mountain will always be remembered as one of the most deadly.