View of K2

View of K2
View of K2
View of K2, also known locally as Chogori, meaning 'Great Mountain'. K2 rises along the prominent North Pillar to 8611 metres. To the left is the southeast ridge with what is referred to as The Shoulder; a climbing terrain traversed by glacial crevasses some 800 metres below the peak, viewed from an unusual angle from the north.
Here the mountaineers are reaching the last high-altitude camp on the Normal Route above the Abruzzi Spur, before they strike out for the summit via the Bottleneck under a large sérac (a column of glacial ice). The sérac can just be seen in profile on the left ridge beneath the peak. In the background is the summit of Broad Peak (8047 metres).
As part of the International K2 North Pillar Expedition 2011, German mountaineer Ralf Dujmovits and his wife Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner plus a small international team planned on climbing K2 at the end of June 2011, via the technically demanding north route, which has seldom been followed to date. DLR scientists supported the expedition with a highly accurate 3D model of the mountain. Thanks to the ability to explore the intended route virtually in advance, the mountaineers had a relatively clear idea of which route they would be taking. On 23 August 2011 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner reached the summit of K2 together with three other climbers from the team, making her the first woman to climb all 8000-metre peaks without an oxygen bottle.
Technical information regarding this image:
Satellite: WorldView-2
Operator/Reference: Digital Globe, Longmont, USA, European Space Imaging, Munich
Date acquired: November 10th 2010; 06:02 UTC
Geometric resolution of image data: 0.5 metre
Resolution of elevation model derived: 0.5 metres (horizontal), 2 metres (vertical)
Data processing and visualisation: DLR Earth Observation Center (EOC)

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