THE HIMALAYAS: Conquest of K-2

In the high, bleak Karakoram, mightiest of the Himalayan ranges, China, Russia, India. Tibet. Afghanistan and Pakistan merge in a tumult of mountains. Dominating the peaks, in the northernmost corner of Pakistan-held Kashmir, is the world's second highest mountain: 28,250-ft. Mt. Godwin Austen, known to mountaineers as K-2.* For years, K-2 has been regarded as unclimbable. Last week the news came through that the unclimbable had been climbed by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio, 57, a geology professor at the University of Milan.

Stubborn as Sin. Desio's was the sixth...

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