Fury at plan to put ladders on K2 – the mountain that claims the lives of 25% of people who try it

Climbers have expressed fury at plans to install ladders on the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world which takes the lives of one in four climbers. 

Mountaineers fear the peak is set to become a tourist destination if steps are installed making the dangerous peak too commercialised.

Imagine Nepal, a trekking and expedition agency, said that they want to return to the mountain next year with ladders, drills and bolts after being forced to abandon their ascent last week amid dangerous conditions.

Climbers have expressed fury at plans to install ladders on the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world which takes the lives of one in four climbers.

Climbers have expressed fury at plans to install ladders on the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world which takes the lives of one in four climbers.

Climbers have expressed fury at plans to install ladders on the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world which takes the lives of one in four climbers.

But Mick Conefrey, author of The Ghosts of K2, cast doubt over the company’s pledges to make the climb ‘100 per cent’ safer.

He told the Times: ‘Having a ladder is not going to protect you from the altitude. Having a ladder is not going to protect you from severe high winds. Having a ladder won’t protect you from an avalanche. The things that kill you on K2, ladders are not going to make a significant difference. What you’re seeing is one attempt at the commercialisation of K2 in the same way Everest has been commercialised.’   

Alan Hinkes, the only British climber to have scaled all 14 of the peaks over 8,000m (26247ft) added to the newspaper he didn’t think a ‘true mountaineer’ would welcome the attempt at the summit being fixed.

The 65-year-old, who was rewarded an OBE in 1995, climbed the mountain 24 years ago.

He said: ‘To most mountaineers, K2 would be the gold medal. You want it more than Everest’.

‘I’m a mountain guide but I wouldn’t take anyone on K2. Nothing would make me go back there . . . I wouldn’t go back for a million quid.’

Mick Conefrey, author of The Ghosts of K2, cast doubt over the company's pledges to make the climb '100 per cent' safer.

Mick Conefrey, author of The Ghosts of K2, cast doubt over the company's pledges to make the climb '100 per cent' safer.

Mick Conefrey, author of The Ghosts of K2, cast doubt over the company’s pledges to make the climb ‘100 per cent’ safer.

Alan Hinkes, the only British climber to have scaled all 14 of the peaks over 8,000m (26247ft) added he didn't think a 'true mountaineer' would welcome the attempt at the summit being fixed

Alan Hinkes, the only British climber to have scaled all 14 of the peaks over 8,000m (26247ft) added he didn't think a 'true mountaineer' would welcome the attempt at the summit being fixed

Alan Hinkes, the only British climber to have scaled all 14 of the peaks over 8,000m (26247ft) added he didn’t think a ‘true mountaineer’ would welcome the attempt at the summit being fixed

In 1995, the year he completed the climb, five people reached the summit and eight were killed.  

Figures from 2016 show 375 people having successfully completed the climb on K2, compared to more than 7500 on Everest.   

Earlier this year, a photo taken by Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine, showed queues of mountaineers queuing to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. 

Earlier this year, a photo taken by Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine, showed queues of mountaineers queuing to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain.

Earlier this year, a photo taken by Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine, showed queues of mountaineers queuing to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain.

Earlier this year, a photo taken by Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine, showed queues of mountaineers queuing to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. 

Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine

Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine

Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha and Royal Marine

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