It stands ominously before its challengers at over 28,000 feet. The warriors who dare to scale its paralyzing crevasses want to touch the same clouds that hover slightly above its peak. Itќs an obsession that borderlines on the spiritual. The odds are stacked against them - in the past century, only 400 hundred souls have managed to reach the top. The distance between their ambitions and desired success is vast. They could run out of breathable air, reach the point of no return, and perish before they have a chance to secure safe ground. The gorgeously photographed Breathtaking K2: The World's Most Dangerous Mountain captures each moment of their perilous quest.
Located on the border between China and Pakistan, the K2 mountain has become a mythical symbol of humankind's desire to reach the heavens, challenge their mettle and prove themselves worthy of any obstacle. The ability to overcome the potential for death makes these climbers feel more alive than ever before. But the challenges are substantial as one out of every four people who reach the mountain top die.
The film follows a large group of explorers as they set up camp for their journey up the mountain. The figure at the center of the film is seasoned climber Adrian Ballinger.
Ballinger and his trusted companions have their work cut out for them. Altitude sickness can strike anytime. The severity of the weather can be unpredictable. The threat of the elements can inspire flared tempers and profound self-doubts.
Accompanied by highly trained Eddie Bauer mountain guides, the climbers have set an additional challenge for themselves. They're attempting the climb without the use of supplemental oxygen. Achieving their goals with the security of oxygen tanks is rare, but nearly unheard of without them. They exist on a razor's edge between victory and doom with each passing minute. The higher they climb, the greater their uncertainty for success.
Breathtaking K2: The World's Most Dangerous Mountain is a lavish feast for the eyes as the cameras ascend across the pristine white slopes and deepest blue skies. With every painful stride, we share the unique perspective of each climber and - by extension - their breathless desire to rise above the insurmountable.
Directed by: Adrian Ballinger