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K2 climbing disaster makes riveting story

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K2 in the Himalayas is known to climbers as the most difficult of mountains, a savage peak, the second highest in the world, with the power to cloud men’s minds. On the morning of Aug. 1, 2008, however, everything looked easy. “Conditions were perfect,” recalls someone who was there. “It was a day in a million.” Or so it began. Then, within 48 hours, things went drastically, horribly wrong. Eleven climbers perished, including seven who ...


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