• K2 is not some malevolent being, lurking there above the Baltoro, waiting to get us. It's just there. It's indifferent. It's an inanimate mountain made of rock, ice, and snow. The "savageness" is what we project onto it, as if we blame the peak for our own misadventures on it.

    Ed Viesturs, David Roberts (2009). “K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain”, p.310, Broadway Books