>I have a lot of respect for these boys and girls. Climbing K2, the world’s most dangerous mountain takes real talent, skill and guts. With a survival rate of only 73%, these climbers, all professionals with families seeking an ultimate challenge, live risks we don’t understand. These aren’t cheap thrill seekers but folks challenging themselves like few others could imagine.
Eleven climbers have died in north Pakistan trying to scale the world’s second-highest peak, K2, reports say.
An eyewitness says 25 climbers reached the summit on Friday, but nine were stranded and froze to death after an avalanche swept away their fixed ropes.
In the deadliest day in K2’s history, another climber fell to his death and a porter died recovering a body.
The avalanche happened when a chunk from an ice pillar snapped away on a feature called the Bottleneck.