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The Story of K2 and the Brotherhood of the Rope
Gerry Yemen and James G. Clawson
University of Virginia, USA
Volume 5: 2012, pp. 5-38; ABSTRACT
More than two dozen international teams attempted to ascend K2, the world’s second highest and arguably the most dangerous peak, in May, 2007. Deep snow falls, inclement weather and the natural overwhelming difficulty of the peak were producing what looked like another season of failure. Then, Chris Warner, U.S. leader of one international team, began to organize the effort across multiple teams striving to build on the strengths of each. As a result of his aplomb in managing this effort, 22 people summited K2 on assault day, the most successful attempt(s) on K2 ever. This is the story of how Warner facilitated that outcome.