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Thread: Discovery Channel tonight: "Disaster on K2"

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    Watched it tonight. Glad for the tip to DVR it since I hadn't noticed it was on. Really well done but very sad events. The live footage on the mountain was amazing.
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    I also saw it last night. The lack of structure and discipline to the climb was surprising to me. There was no one at base camp with a radio saying it is time to turn around. They just kept going. The whole way they teamed was different than what we have seen on the recent Everest programs.
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    There was no reason to turn around. Sumitting in the late afternoon was always part of the plan. They knew at least some part of the descent would be in the dark. It was the random event of the serac fall that caused the major problem, something that you don't really plan for.

    The structure is certainly different than Everest, but that is just the way it is on K2. On Everest the person at base camp calling the shots is the guide. None of these climbers had guides. They were climbing on their own.
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