Where does the name K2 come from?
name of Polish climber - Jerzy Kukuczka
the fact it's second in height in the world
name of the Karakoram Range
the name "King George II"
The name K2 is derived from the notation used by the Great Trigonometric Survey. Thomas Montgomerie numbered the most prominent peaks of Kararkoram K1 to K35. Next, these were replaced by local names, but K2 appeared not to have acquired a local name, possibly due to its remoteness.
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