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Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit


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K2: The Elusive Summit
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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

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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.



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Chicago: “Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit,” 01/26/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33628133A1C0486D83447E7EB931E0F3.
MLA: “Adventure; K2: The Elusive Summit.” 01/26/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <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
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