Greg Mortenson has just given a talk to freshmen at the University of Delaware. Every year he gives many talks about his efforts to start schools in the remote regions of Pakistan near K2.
Mortenson tried to climb K2 in 1993. He said that he did it in memory of his sister who had recently died. But the climb up K2 did not go as planned. He did not reach the summit. And on the way down he become lost.
He did make it down K2 but he became so lost that he did not know where he was. He did not know where base camp was. Eventually, after extreme thirst and hunger, he found a village. The locals there helped him survive by giving him shelter and food.
This inspired him to found schools in the region. There were not schools amongst the remote villagers up to this point. At times it was difficult to keep building schools because there was opposition from some locals on religious grounds.