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He slashes on the snowfield together with his ice awl, batters it together with his overmittens. The snowfield and K2 forget about him. i'm going to either knees at the pitched rock band and lean on my ice awl, now not worrying if my sobs should be heard via the others or if my tears will freeze my eyelids open. The excursion is over. Kanakaredes slowly pulls his segmented physique up the final ten ft of the coloir, previous Paul the place Paul is retching opposed to a boulder, earlier me the place i'm kneeling, onto the final of the forged floor earlier than Gary’s sliding snowpit. “I will lead for a while,” says Kanakaredes. He units his ice awl into his harness. His prothorax shifts reduce. His hind legs come down and out. His fingers – forelegs – rotate down and ahead. Kanakaredes thrusts himself into the steep snowfield like an Olympic swimmer diving off the beginning block. He passes Gary the place Gary lies armpit deep within the delicate snow. The trojan horse – our computer virus – flails and batters the snow together with his forearms, elements it together with his cupped palms, smashes it down along with his armored higher physique phase, swims during the snow with all six legs paddling. He can’t potentially hold this up. It’s very unlikely. not anything dwelling has that a lot strength and may. it really is seven or 8 hundred near-vertical toes to the summit. ok swims-kicks-fights his approach fifteen toes up the slope. Twenty-five. Thirty. attending to my toes, feeling my temples pounding in pain, sensing invisible climbers round me, ghosts soaring within the demise area fog of soreness and confusion, I step earlier Gary and begin postholing upward, following K’s lead, suffering and swimming up and during the now-broken barrier of snow. SUMMIT OF K2, 28,250 toes We step onto the summit jointly, arm in arm. All 4 folks. the ultimate summit ridge is simply huge sufficient to permit this. Many 8 thousand-meter-peak summits have overhanging cornices. finally this attempt, the climber occasionally takes his or her ultimate step to triumph and falls for a mile or so. We don’t recognize if K2 is corniced. Like a lot of those different climbers, we’re too exhausted to care. Kanakaredes can now not stand or stroll after breaking path in the course of the snowfield for greater than 600 toes. Gary and that i hold him the final hundred toes or so, our hands lower than his mantis palms. i'm stunned to find that he weighs virtually not anything. All that strength, all that spirit, and ok most likely weighs not more than 100 kilos. The summit isn't really corniced. we don't fall. the elements has held, even if the solar is surroundings. Its final rays hot us via our parkas and thermskins. The sky is a blue deeper than cerulean, a lot deeper than sapphire, incomparably deeper than aquamarine. probably this color of blue has no be aware to explain it. we will see to the curve of the earth and past. peaks are seen above that curving horizon, their summit icefields sparkling orange within the sundown, an excellent distance to the northeast, most likely someplace in chinese language Turkistan. To the south lies the full tumble of overlapping peaks and winding glaciers that's the Karakoram. I make out definitely the right top that's Nanga Parbat – Gary, Paul, and that i climbed that six years in the past – and nearer, the Gasherbrum.

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