In the Karakoram Range separating northern Pakistan from China is one of the killer mountains of the world: K2, also called Mount Godwin-Austen and Savage Mountain. The latter name is particularly apt. This peak has the second-highest fatality-to-summit rate for the famed eight thousanders (a set of peaks in the Himalayas that all pass the 8000m mark). Only Annapurna in Nepal outdoes it in fatality rates throughout history, with the more famous Mount Everest falling behind in this respect. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, sees one in every ten climbers dying on average. K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, sees one dying in every four.
It was part of the original set of mountains in the Karakoram Range surveyed and designated temporarily as K1, K2, K3, K4 and K5. Of [Read more…]