Author: Ollie Rooke

Just how tough is it to climb in the Karakoram Mountain Range during winter?

What is it that makes winter in the Karakoram Mountain Range, where K2 is located, just so tough for climbers?

To put things into perspective we found this short film, simply named Cold, of athletes Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards (who shot the film) climbing Gasherbrum II for the first time in mountaineering’s toughest season.

At a height of 8,035 metres, Gasherbrum II comes 13th in the list ‘eight-thousanders’, the nickname given to the only 14 peaks on Earth that sit above 8,000m in height.

Located in the same range as K2, the mountain sees ferocious winds and frequent avalanches, and this video gives you some idea of what those climbers faced on K2 over the weekend.