K2 is not so massive a mountain as Kinchinjunga and Nanga Parbat.
This climb had told on him more than anything he had experienced on the cruel slopes of Kinchinjunga.
Clear against the blue sky the shining, ice-clad peaks of Kinchinjunga, a hundred miles away, towered high in air.
There is no certainty that as he tops the ridge or turns the corner he will see Kinchinjunga in the full blaze of its glory.
There is about Kinchinjunga the calm and repose of stupendous upward effort successfully achieved.
And along this central line itself all the lesser heights we see converging on the supreme peak of Kinchinjunga.
Kinchinjunga is grand and massive and of ample gesture, broad and stable and yet also culminating in a clear and definite point.
And always our eyes insensibly revert to the culminating-pointthe summit of Kinchinjunga itself.
These determinations have the effect of placing Kinchinjunga second and K2 third on the list.