Sequoia Schmidt’s father and brother died on K2, the world’s second-tallest and most dangerous peak.
Sequoia Schmidt’s father and brother died on K2, the world’s second-tallest and most dangerous peak. (Courtesy Sequoia Schmidt)
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A Desperate Need for the Mountains

Sequoia Schmidt’s father and brother died on K2, the world’s second-tallest and most dangerous peak.

People are drawn to the mountains for all kinds of reasons—the desire to challenge themselves physically or emotionally, a hunger for risk or perhaps solitude, the need for a sense of accomplishment. But for some, the appeal is both deeper and far more complicated. So it is with Sequoia Schmidt, whose father and brother died on K2, the world’s second-tallest and most dangerous peak. That tragedy ultimately propelled her into the mountains herself—to, as she says, “find my soul.” In this episode from our friends at the Strangers podcast, we take a remarkable journey with Sequoia, one unlike any other climbing story we’ve ever heard.       


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