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Sept. 19, 2007

UI Recreational Services Presents 'K2: World's Hardest Mountain'

The University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 about the 2007 Shared Summits K2 Expedition's three-month journey to the summit of K2, the second highest mountain on Earth.

This free program will be held at the Touch the Earth Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive. Chris Warner, the leader of the expedition, will recount the team's experience as well as give a sneak peak of footage his team filmed during adventure for an upcoming special on NBC.

Warner and team of climbers reached the summit of the 28,250-foot mountain on July 20. But two people died on summit day. The first man fell 10,000 feet, while the second froze to death.

Located in the Himalayan Mountains, K2 claims one life for every four people who attempt the summit. The routes to the summit are steeper and more difficult than those to the top of Everest, and surrounding weather is significantly colder and less predictable than on Everest. To date, 246 climbers have reached the summit of K2 by 10 different routes, only five of which have ever been repeated.

For more information on the Shared Summit expedition, see For information on additional Touch The Earth Trips and Clinics visit Recreational Services' website at or contact Dave Patton at 319-384-1225.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dave Patton, Recreational Services, 319-384-4441,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,