10 years after Everest, duo set sights on K2

Veteran mountaineers Joanne Soo (left) and Jane Lee will be the first women in South-east Asia to scale K2 if they succeed.
Veteran mountaineers Joanne Soo (left) and Jane Lee will be the first women in South-east Asia to scale K2 if they succeed.PHOTO: COURTESY OF JANE LEE AND JOANNE SOO

They may have scaled to the top of Everest, but veteran mountaineers Jane Lee and Joanne Soo could face possibly their toughest challenge yet: the technically demanding K2 mountain on the China-Pakistan border.

Nicknamed the "Savage Mountain" for having the second-highest fatality rate among summits more than 8,000m above sea level, the mountain features steep slopes at 45-degree angles or more, and the possibility of sudden storms due to the topography of the pyramid-shaped peak. If Ms Lee, 35, and Ms Soo, 49, make it to the top next year, they will be the first women in South-east Asia to do so.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2019, with the headline '10 years after Everest, duo set sights on K2'. Subscribe