MOUNTAINEER B.GANGAAMAA SHARES EXPERIENCE OF HER CLIMBING K2
06 August 2018

MOUNTAINEER B.GANGAAMAA SHARES EXPERIENCE OF HER CLIMBING K2

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ On August 6, Mongolia’s Honored Athlete and mountaineer B.Gangaamaa who successfully conquered peak of K2 /8611m/ -- the world’s second highest summit and arrived home country on August 4, briefed press about her experience of climbing K2. On July 31, mountaineer B.Gangaamaa ascended K2 together with 31 mountaineers, recorded as the most number of mountaineers that climbed at the same time. B.Gangaamaa’s achievement made her to be Mongolia’s first mountaineer to step on the peak of K2. She said, “This year, higher number of mountaineers than the previous years conquered the summit of K2 thanks to relatively constant weather. This year’s climbing involved four big expeditions. Our expedition consisted of 10 mountaineers from Mongolia, Japan, China, Switzerland, Belgium, Mexico, Ireland and Nepal. We made a final ascent at around 07.00 am-08.00 am and could step on the peak at around 08.30 am (by local time), July 21. The following day, five members of our group found out that we have become very first person from respective countries to conquer the peak of K2. During the ascent, I was feeling good, except a little coughing. Finally, we did it successful. It was around 08.30am by Pakistani time or 10.30 am according to Mongolian time. It was my long-year dream and a desire of Mongolians. It was fulfilled successfully after three attempts.” Following the press briefing, B.Gangaamaa gave a State Flag which was raised on K2 summit, to the authorities of of Physical Culture and Sports Authority of Mongolia. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. It has the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders with around 300 successful summits and over 80 fatalities. The K2 peak was first conquered by Italian expedition, including Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni on July 21, 1954 following many failed attempts of mountaineers of many countries. M.Unurzul