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K2

[ Wed, 2009-09-16 14:41 ]
David Watson Skis K2, scenic
Dave Watson becomes the first person to ski down K2

The K2 is a big mountain -- over 28,000 feet of big. It's the second-tallest mountain on Earth, after the might Mount Everest. As such, it gets a lot of freaks trying to climb it; one out of every four who tries ends up dead. None of this seemed to matter much to Dave Watson, international man of mountains. Watson's already summited Everest twice -- and now he's become the only person to ski the K2's upper slopes.

King of the Hill

King of the Hill
Shane McConkey on the set of the movie Claim, Haines, Alaska
A tribute to Shane McConkey

“Shane McConkey was a supernova in skiing,” says Jeff Mechura, brand manager for K2. A pioneer of the freeskiing movement in the early ’90s, McConkey routinely pushed the limits of the sport, in the process transforming the parachute into a piece of ski gear. He quickly moved beyond the role of innovative athlete to innovative ski designer, helping ignite the fat-ski revolution. “Shane almost singlehandedly forced that change,” says Tim Petrick, vice president with Rossignol.

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