Fueling The Expedition: Colin O'Brady Attempts The World’s First Winter Ascent Of K2

This December, Colin will travel to Pakistan to attempt to make the first winter ascent of K2. K2 is the last of the fourteen highest peaks, those over 8000M (26,000 ft), that remains unclimbed in winter.

Colin is teaming up with friend and long time climbing partner, Dr. Jon Kedrowski. Both Americans have spent countless nights in the outdoors together and on high altitude expeditions.

Outfitted with the latest satellite tech and connectivity, the two month expedition will feature live daily updates. Real-time storytelling will be shared on Colin's social channels. @colinobrady

“...a climb that has long been considered impossible...one of the last remaining great prizes in mountaineering—the first winter ascent of the world’s second-tallest mountain.
— NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The History

K2, the second highest mountain in the world, sits in the Karakoram range on the border of Pakistan and China next to neighboring 8000ers including Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. At 8,611 meters (28,251 ft) tall, K2 has seen approximately 367 people stand on its summit. The first ascent of K2 was made by Italian climbers, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, on July 31, 1954. Since then it’s been summited with and without the use of supplemental oxygen, but only in the summer season. A winter ascent of K2 remains unfinished.

 

The Stakes

K2 is often considered the most difficult mountain to climb. Arguably a harder mountain to summit than Mt. Everest, K2 is known to be dangerous and deadly. With hurricane force wind gusts and freezing temperatures dropping to minus 80 Fahrenheit, the inhospitable and unpredictable weather on K2 is straight up perilous. Nicknamed “Savage Mountain,” the risks of frequent avalanches, high altitude and harsh weather make it a serious undertaking for even the most experienced climbers. A winter attempt only enhances the challenges of this notorious peak.

 

An artist has made this mountain.

— REINHOLD MESSNER

 

Fueling the Expedition

Long time nutrition partner, Standard Process, has formulated a high-performance nutrition bar to fuel Colin’s K2 expedition. Derivative of the original “Colin Bar” - the customized whole food nutrition solution that sustained Colin for his world first 54-day crossing of the landmass of Antarctica and his world first ocean row across Drake Passage - this plant-based protein bar aims to help high-achievers reach their most ambitious goals and provides nutrient-dense energy for 6+ hours of exercise.*

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