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Watch Carla Perez and Adrian Ballinger Climb K2

Despite hazardous conditions, the two mountain guides reached the summit without bottled oxygen

“K2 is a savage mountain that tries to kill you,” is how climber George Bell described the infamous peak after the first American expedition in 1953, forever giving the mountain its nickname: The Savage Mountain.

Sixty-six years later, mountain guides Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez aim to summit the 8,611-metre peak without the use of supplemental oxygen. Every step of the way the team faces hazardous conditions, setbacks and misfortunes. But as Ballinger puts it, “I’ll go until the mountain tells me I can’t go anymore.”

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