Westlake is working with Colorado climate scientist, mountaineer and educator Ulyana Horodyskyj Pena to collect ice and snow samples on K2.

Because of the challenges of gathering samples, Westlake’s trip up K2 will be the first expedition in which data will be collected to support this kind of research.

Pena will apply the information to her research and measurement of black carbon soot and ice mass loss from the Arctic and the Himalayan regions. Read more here.