What is the height of K 2
It is the second highest mountain on earth and the most difficult of all fourteen eight-thousanders. The K2 in the Karakoram is certainly also the most beautiful of the icy giants. At 8,611 meters, it rises like a grandiose pyramid from a magical sea of glaciers.
Hans Kammerlander is one of the most successful extreme mountaineers of our time. He has climbed twelve of the fourteen highest peaks and made mountaineering history with spectacular first ascents, including in the Alps.
With no other mountain in the world, however, did Hans Kammerlander "fight" as much as with the K2. It took several attempts before the South Tyrolean's great dream came true and he finally reached the highest point on the "mountain of all mountains".
“This moment was more overwhelming than I have ever felt before,” says Kammerlander. In a lecture rich in exciting experiences and almost unbelievable events, the alpinist reports on everything that happened before it finally happened.
Kammerlander was planning his first expedition to K2 as early as 1994, but he did not even get to the foot of the mountain because he failed in the turmoil of Pakistani bureaucracy, even though it was barely more than twenty kilometers from the destination as the crow flies. Four years later, Kammerlander set his sights on the giant again. This time he wants to put everything that has gone before in the shade and climb three eight-thousanders in a row with the Kangchenjunga, the Manaslu and the K2. But on the descent from the summit of Kangchenjunga, the exceptional alpinist sustains severe frostbite and has to end the bold trilogy in disappointment.
Barely recovered, Kammerlander flies back to Pakistan a year later. First he leads a ski expedition to the Muztagh Ata (7546 m) in China and uses this tour to prepare himself for the altitude in the death zone on K2. Full of energy and great confidence, he starts the second highest eight-thousander and, with his South Tyrolean partner, fellow mountain guide Konrad Auer, reaches up to around 170 meters below the summit of K2. There is the end of the line. Extreme danger of avalanches and huge amounts of snowdrift force the two of them to turn back.
In the summer of 2000, Hans Kammerlander started again. Again he uses a guided tour for the all-important acclimatization. Together with befriended mountaineers from three nations, he succeeds in the first ascent of the previously nameless and shapely "Tang Ri" right next to the K2. In beautiful weather, Kammerlander looks over to K2 on the day of the summit success, to which he wants to set off immediately afterwards. But this time, too, the mountain doesn't give the climbers a chance. Three weeks of bad weather with daily snowfall wear down the expedition until it is finally canceled. Once again, Kammerlander turns his back on his dream destination, disappointed.
In the spring after that, he wants to make one last attempt. Together with the Ahrntaler mountain guide Luis Brugger, he is preparing for the legendary Ogre in Pakistan. Bad weather thwarted the summit success there, Luis Brugger flies home. Discouraged and, moreover, not sufficiently acclimatized, Kammerlander sets off on his own in the direction of the K2 base camp. Should all the effort have been in vain again? There is a bad mood among the mountaineers in the camp. The weather is causing problems again.
Then finally, in mid-July, things get better for a short time. Kammerlander resolutely teamed up with the top French alpinist Jean-Christof Lafaille and the two dare to attempt a summit under absolutely spectacular circumstances. On July 22nd, shortly after noon, the two reached the highest point. As on Mount Everest, Hans Kammerlander has his skis with him. Once again, he wants to make the summit the starting point for an unprecedented descent. But he unbuckles his skis 200 meters below the summit, diffuse light makes the descent impossible.
A lecture full of tension, with pictures and film sequences also from South Tyrol and from the icy world of the high mountains, about people and cultures at the feet of the peaks. Unreal and inhospitable, human and full of emotions - in one word: 90 minutes of the best entertainment.
After the lecture, Hans Kammerlander will of course be available for questions, discussions, autograph requests and information.
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