WGBH Openvault

Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit


License Clip

More material may be available from this program at the WGBH Archives. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

This program has not been digitized yet or cannot be made available on Open Vault.

K2: The Elusive Summit
Program Number


Series Description

Real-life stories which transport viewers on journeys set in remote mountain villages, endangered waterways, and through treacherous terrain. Each saga is filled with suspense and surprise for the modern day explorers who personify the spirit of discovery that lies at the heart of every ADVENTURE. See individual episodes for further descriptions. Series release date: 1987

Program Description

British mountaineer Julie Tullis and Austrian filmmaker Kurt Diemberger join a 20-member Swiss team in the summer of 1984 to tackle K2, at 28,350 feet the world's second highest peak and considered the world's "most elusive summit," straddling the Pakistan-China border. Assaulted by blizzards and avalanches, the Swiss turn back, leaving Tullis and Diemberger 4000 feet short of the summit for one more daring attempt. They abort, then choose neighboring Broad Peak (26,000 feet) for a quick three-day alpine-style climb.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit,” 01/26/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 16, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33628133A1C0486D83447E7EB931E0F3.
MLA: “Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit.” 01/26/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 16, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33628133A1C0486D83447E7EB931E0F3>.
APA: Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33628133A1C0486D83447E7EB931E0F3
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.