Taiwanese mountaineers to challenge K2, dubbed ‘Savage Mountain’

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/04/20
By: Tsai Fan-min and Ko Lin

Chang Yuan-chih (張元植, right) and Lu Chung-han (呂忠翰)/Photo courtesy of Chang Yuan-chih

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Two avid mountaineers will soon embark on a journey to try to become the first Taiwanese to conquer the summit of K2, formally called Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori.

Located on the China-Pakistan border, K2 is the second highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest, at a height of 8,611 meters above sea level.

K2 is also known for its extreme difficulty, and according to the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA), it has the second-highest fatality rate among the 14 mountains of the world that are more than 8,000 meters high.

If successful, 31-year old Chang Yuan-chih (張元植) and 36-year old Lu Chung-han (呂忠翰) will write a new chapter for Taiwan’s mountaineering community.    [FULL  STORY]

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