Today, as in 1954, Moncler has supplied the “K2 — 60 Years Later” expedition team with the technical equipment for the expedition which celebrated the Italian conquest of K2 60 years after, at the end of July 2014. The “K2 — 60 Years Later” expedition is backed by Ev–K2–CNR. Founded by Professor Ardito Desio and Agostino da Polenza, this organisation has worked in the mountainous areas of the Hindu–Kush–Karakorum–Himalaya for 25 years. Together with the Italian Development Cooperation and the Pakistani authorities, it has helped to create the vast K2 National Park. The park has a surface area of 10,000 square kilometres, and its height ranges from 2,500 and 8,000 metres.
CHALLENGING EXTREME CONDITIONS
The technical equipment worn by the climbers of the “K2 — 60 Years Later” expedition are inspired by the Moncler for Lionel Terray collection. Six high-protection jackets will feature an austere look inspired by a functional approach. With Moncler for Lionel Terray the brand has returned to its roots: as was the case then, the mountain experience also becomes a style experience.
It takes strong arms to climb a mountain. It takes perseverance and good lungs. But without desire, they are worth nothing, because dreaming of a mountain is as important as climbing it. As the mountaineer once said to an old guide “You lead the body where the eyes once looked”. And nobody has looked as far as Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni did in 1954, when they decided to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, at 8,611 metres. For this feat verging on the impossible, the team was kitted out with Moncler down jackets, taken to a high standard of specialisation by Lionel Terray, the French mountaineer who has been a key figure in the brand’s history. Sixty years after, the feat has been repeated: Italy and Pakistan are together once again, with Moncler, on K2.