|K2 (Image Source: Wikipedia)|
In his account of the ascent of Gasherbrum IV, Italian climber Fosco Maraini reasoned that while the name of K2 owes its origin to chance; its clipped, impersonal nature is highly appropriate for so remote and challenging a mountain.
South side of K2 can be accessed by crisscrossing Baltro and Godwin-Austen glaciers. Montgomerie and his survey team never reached the base of K2. Later, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, Sir William Martin Conway led an exploration and mountaineering expedition to Baltro in 1892. He marched till Concordia, the junction of Baltro and Godwin-Austen glacier. First team to reach K2 base camp and launch an ascent push was 1902 Expedition of Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley.
“… just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man – or of the cindered planet after the last.”
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