Jim Donini, Michael Kennedy, Jeff Lowe, and George Lowe spent 26 days in 1978 attempting to reach the summit of Pakistan’s Latok 1 via the north face. They did not succeed. But their push was significant moment in alpinism nonetheless. The clean, committed style they employed on the mountain, as well as the care they showed one another, especially once one member of the team fell sick, places their summit push as one of the best moments, and failures, by an American alpine team. The above section of the documentary Alpinists at Large chronicles their feat.


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