K2: Part Deux!

As promsed, part 2 of the Conquest of K2 story has been posted today over at ExWeb. It’s a fascinating conclusion to yesterday’s background, with Lino Lacedelli essentially admiting that some of things that were considered “facts” about their first ascent, were actually lies that had been told for 50 years. Namely, they did not summit without oxygen, as they claimed, and they set off for the summit at a later time than they suggested as well, which lends credence to accusations that they left two of their teammates out in the long, cold, stormy night above 8100 meters without food or shelter. The story, and the book that will be released later this summer, give a glimpse into the huge ego, and sometimes cutthroat, world of high alpine climbing.