Scaling the World’s Most Lethal Mountain, in the Dead of Winter
The mountain rises glistening from an encasement of glaciers in the far reaches of the Karakoram. Pyramid-shaped, an austere link to eternity, K2 yields only to Everest in height and is deadlier. Its walls are vertiginous no matter the approach. Only the most experienced climbers attempt ascents, and for every four who crawl to its peak, one dies.