Back from the top, mountaineer shares her experience

Denis becomes the third woman in the world to summit K-2.


Express August 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The quality of being undeterred, no matter what the enormity of a challenge, has often led human beings to perform wondrous deeds.


French mountaineer Sophie Denis is one such figure who, with her matchless courage and devotion, became only the third woman in the world to successfully climb K-2, the second highest mountain of the world with the reputation of being a “killer mountain”.

Mount Everest may get the headlines, but for veteran mountaineers, reaching the top of K-2 and coming down alive is a cherished dream.

Sophie, who a few days back successfully completed her latest expedition at K-2, kept the audience at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) enthralled as she shared her adventurous experiences while climbing the world’s highest mountains. NUST Adventure Club (NAC) organised the event to honour the world famous summit climber here on Wednesday.

“For the last several years, I have been in the middle of gigantic mountainous regions with my ever-increasing desire to summit peaks,” Sophie said.

Sophie maintained that tough weather condition prevent most K-2 climbers from reaching their destination. “Though climbing to a height of more than 8,000 metres anywhere is never an easy task, the expedition at K-2 is the most challenging,” she said.

Sophie added, “What make K-2 the most dreaded for summit aspirants are the extreme factors; may it be the steep ascents, avalanche slides or the ailments caused by the frostbites.”

“But,” she said, “one needs is to be highly optimistic in overcoming the [challenges]; losing hope could be disastrous.”

Next she plans to climb Shishapgma (8,013 metres) in Tibet, and Manaslu (8,156 metres) in Nepal.

(Read: Such great heights)

Her speech was followed by a question and answer session, where aspiring and veteran climbers asked her many questions about the different aspects of mountaineering.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.

COMMENTS (2)

Fayyaz Mughal | 9 years ago | Reply

@sophie denis: Kudos for making a successful trip to K-2. In your comment you offered apology for some sort of confusion in the news but i don't think so that there is any need of clarification as there is no hint in the news that says that you reached the top of the mountain. Instead it only projects that you climbed the mountain and successfully came down. Furthermore the following lines taken from the news clear the confusion that you climbed upto more than 8, 000 meters, " Sophie maintained that tough weather condition prevent most K-2 climbers from reaching their destination. “Though climbing to a height of more than 8,000 metres anywhere is never an easy task, the expedition at K-2 is the most challenging,” she said".

sophie denis | 9 years ago | Reply Good afternoon, just a quick note to dearly apology if any confusions had been done at the conference. but I did NOT summit K2. I've only reached 8000m (Camp 4), then we cancel our summit bid due to the bad weather. i have summit in 2011 the following 8000m : Cho Oyu (6th highest peak in the world on May 5th, 2011) - Lhotse (4th highest peak in the world on May 19th, 2011) and Broad Peak on Juy 25th, 2011. but not K2. here a quick sum up of my pakistani expeditiion : http://followtheclimb.blogspot.com/2011/08/sophie-has-spent-more-than-80days-above.html please feel free to contact at [email protected] if you have any questions
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