The Guardian

Mountain high: the world’s last great challenges

Mountaineers came closer than ever to climbing the north ridge of Latok I in Pakistan’s Karakoram range last week. It is not the only peak defying human conquest
The Latok group (left) and Baintha Brakk, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan. Photograph: Feng Wei Photography/Getty Images

The north ridge of Latok I, the 7,145-metre-high spur of ice and granite in the Karakoram mountains, Pakistan, has defeated climbers for 40 years, after it was it was first tried, in 1978, by an immensely strong American expedition. Earlier this year, on this, then judged the top section too dangerous and reached the summit another way. So Latok I technically remains one of the last great challenges of the climbing world.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian3 min read
This Solstice, Try Stonehenge As Therapy | Maggie Aderin-Pocock
The prehistoric peoples who built this amazing monument could teach us a lesson about connecting with the universe
The Guardian5 min read
The New Drug Highway: Pacific Islands At Centre Of Cocaine Trafficking Boom
Explosion in number of boats carrying cocaine and meth from Latin America to Australia is causing havoc for islands on the way
The Guardian5 min read
Holocaust Historians Divided Over Warsaw Ghetto Museum
Director hits back at critics who say the institution, backed by Poland’s populist party, will distort wartime history