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JesseJames
Apr 7, 2004, 03:33 PM
Does anyone know anyone who've climbed K2?

Mantat
Apr 7, 2004, 03:52 PM
Reinold Meisner (spelling wrong for sure) he is probably the most popular. But a simple google search would have got you more result...

And what is the obsession of people about K2 ? First its the wrong name of the mountain and even noow, people still think its the tallest mountain on earth while in fact its the Cotopaxi or Everest. Depending of your definition of 'tallest'...

Easy question: How can the Cotopaxi be the tallest mountain on earth?

coopdog
Apr 7, 2004, 06:34 PM
Yes, He also is the only person to summit Everest twice in a week. I know him pretty well. Why?

Frohickey
Apr 7, 2004, 08:24 PM
Yes, He also is the only person to summit Everest twice in a week. I know him pretty well. Why?

You know, if we had man-portable Buck Rogers backpacks, everyone would have been up Everest by now.

That, or the Helo-car. :p

gwuMACaddict
Apr 7, 2004, 10:09 PM
Yes, He also is the only person to summit Everest twice in a week. I know him pretty well. Why?'

good grief, who don't you know... every time i open a thread about anything, its coopdog rattling off the names of the people he knows... :rolleyes:

edit: nevermind... i guess you only said you were gonna have a party for some prime minister

i wanna climb a mountain

Inspector Lee
Apr 7, 2004, 10:17 PM
I don't know that Messner climbed Everest twice in one week but... he and Peter Habeler were the first to ascend Everest without supplemental oxygen back in the 70s. He also summited all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks in the world without oxygen (1st to do so) and did them all in cat-quick "alpine style" including a solo ascent of K2 while his girlfriend and a buddy kept base camp for 3-4 days. Messner was and still is the ***** of mountaineering.

What makes K2 (aka "Mount Godwin-Austen") so difficult is the 110-mile hike out from the last road to the base of the mountain. That, in itself, is an adventure for most people. Furthermore, the porters for hire (Baltis) have nowhere near the skills, dedication and work-ethic of the Sherpas of Everest lore. Jim Whittaker (1st American on Everest in '63) led a massive K2 expedition in '75 that failed miserably due to Balti strikes and internal strife. I believe they topped out at 21,000 feet - well short of the 28,000+ summit of K2. Photography Galen Rowell (Note: Mac guy) wrote a book called "In The Throne Room of The Mountain Gods" which details this expedition and previous ones.

Probably the most famous name to attempt K2 was Aleister Crowley - the 666 dude.

Sorry for the soapbox and the longwindedness.

coopdog
Apr 9, 2004, 12:29 AM
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good grief, who don't you know... every time i open a thread about anything, its coopdog rattling off the names of the people he knows... :rolleyes:

edit: nevermind... i guess you only said you were gonna have a party for some prime minister

i wanna climb a mountain

I'm sorry gwu you ain't got **** on me. :cool: