Amir Mehdi

K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN is dedicated to Amir Mehdi, the high-altitude porter from Pakistan who lost all of his toes to frostbite while supporting the first successful ascent of K2 in 1954.

To learn more about the life of Amir Mehdi and his role in the historic K2 excursion of 1954, read the BBC’s story: Amir Mehdi: Left Out to Freeze on K2 and Forgotten,.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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