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Geography Goof-up

Rudy, Rudy. I would think your knowledge of geography would be a little more accurate. In your interview with Rick Ridgeway, you say he summited K2 which is located in Nepal. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Nepal has Everest, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Himalchuli, Kangchenjunga, Annapurna, Ama Dablam, Jannu, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal and many more, but, alas, it does not have K2.

K2 straddles the border between China and Jammu and Kashmir in a territory currently claimed by Pakistan. Its name is derived from the fact that it is the second peak (of 35) in the Karakorum Range of the western Himalayas. In 1861 the mountain gained its other well-known (though unofficial) name: Mount Godwin-Austen. Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen, a British soldier and topographer, was the second European to visit the area and research the mountain. Many local names are also used to identify the peak, including Chogori, Lambha Pahar, Dapsang, and Kechu (K2).



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