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Watch: A winter expedition to climb K2

Author: Ollie Rooke

This season is not the first time some of the climbers on K2 have attempted to bag what is arguably the most coveted ‘first’ in mountaineering, a winter ascent of the world’s second-tallest mountain.

Last winter, Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri was forced to abandon his expedition to K2 after two members dropped out. The entire team returned home with tales of freezing temperatures and ice as hard as safety glass that was energy sapping to scale.

In his short video below John captures a taste of just what it’s like to take on one of the most unforgiving mountains on Earth during winter, including the snowy trek to base camp and meetings with locals. So, wrap your fingers around a hot mug of tea and enjoy this video from a much colder part of the world…