American Woman Conquers K2

IAS Prelims 2023

Vanessa O’Brien has become the first American woman to summit K2, the world’s second highest mountain at 8,611 meters.

The mountain is located at Pakistan’s border with China.

The first male American team conquered “the savage mountain” 39 years ago.

This was O’Brien’s third attempt at K2 after having been unsuccessful in 2015 because of unusually harsh weather conditions.

It took O’Brien’s team 16 hours from CAMP-4 at 7681 meters to the top, a very long time, but the weather held.