Dr. Rick Thurmer is on the verge of history. The only thing standing in his way is K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, also called Savage Mountain for its degree of difficulty to summit.
Reaching the top of K2 will mean Thurmer, a Walk-In Clinic physician and experienced mountaineer, will become only the third known person in history to climb the highest and second-highest mountains on all seven continents.
Thurmer plans to hoist a TEC flag when he reaches the summit.
In 2017, Thurmer summitted Mount Vinson, in Antarctica, making him one of fewer than 500 people in the world to climb the highest mountain on every content. The journey started in 1974, when at age 18, he climbed Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
To date, Hans Kammerlander and Christian Stangl are the only known people to climb the highest and second-highest mountains— feats called the “Seven Summits” and “Seven Second Summits.” Thurmer recently met a Japanese climber who only had one more mountain to summit to join the elite club.
Read more about Thurmer’s climbing career in a 2017 article in the Everett Herald.