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 Quoting: Seer777

Thread: All Climbers Dead After Violent Storm Sweeps Himalayan Base Camp
I will never understand why people want to do that.
 Quoting: nutmeg

First expedition to reach at the foot of K2 was led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley in 1902.

 Quoting: Seer777

Yeah, when people think of Crowley they think of this fat guy. That was much later after getting injured. In his younger days he was an athlete and did a lot of mountain climbing.
 Quoting: vEyeSea

I know rather little, but recently watched a documentary.

I was surprised to learn of his love and gift for climbing. He approached it like everything he did..absolutely.

The first serious attempt to climb K2 was undertaken in 1902 by Oscar Eckenstein, Aleister Crowley, Jules Jacot-Guillarmod, Heinrich Pfannl, Victor Wessely, and Guy Knowles via the Northeast Ridge. In the early 1900s, modern transportation did not exist in the region: it took "fourteen days just to reach the foot of the mountain".

After five serious and costly attempts, the team reached 6,525 metres (21,407 ft) although considering the difficulty of the challenge, and the lack of modern climbing equipment or weatherproof fabrics, Crowley's statement that "neither man nor beast was injured" highlights the pioneering spirit and bravery of the attempt. The failures were also attributed to sickness (Crowley was suffering the residual effects of malaria), a combination of questionable physical training, personality conflicts, and poor weather conditions—of 68 days spent on K2 (at the time, the record for the longest time spent at such an altitude) only eight provided clear weather

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