For many climbers, it is an even greater prize than Everest, with limited routes, a steeper ascent, and a harder push to its summit. Nicknamed the "Savage Mountain," K2’s peak juts unprotected into the atmosphere, regularly exposing climbers and porters to life-threatening weather conditions.

Despite being paid at rates far below those received by international expedition leaders, such porters — whether they provide critical supplies to expedition base camps or take on higher-altitude tasks in support of ascending climbers— do some of the most difficult and dangerous work and these efforts make them worthy of recognition as the true heroes of mountaineering.

Preceded by the short film Ex Nihilo.


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