A less admiring label has been affixed to Viesturs, too: that of “peak bagger,” a man so intent on climbing all 14 of the 8,000-meter [26,248-foot] Himalayan peaks that he chooses the safest routes, and in so doing shirks the toughest technical challenges.
"This year, another 262 climbers have reached the highest point on the planet as of press time. And in 2008, the Chinese intend to carry the Olympic torch to the top on their way to Beijing.
By comparison, in the last 50 years, only 196 climbers have made it to the top of K2. This past summer, another 55 gave it a shot as six expeditions—from Kazakhstan, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, plus one international group—converged on the south side of the mountain. Among them were some of the strongest mountaineers in the world, including the Czech climbers Radek Jaros and Martin Minarik, as well as Segarra and Ponce de Leon, who returned for another try. None of them reached the summit."
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