It only took us one game of K2 discover that it is not a race to the top. As a game, it is much more rounded and interesting than that. There is no point in getting to the top only to freeze to death before you can make it back to your tent. Which happened to more than one of our unfortunate would-be mountaineers.
Now that we know better, we’re looking forward to tackling the game again, especially as it is one of those great games that offers multiple difficulty settings. It manages this in a uniquely thematic manner, as well. The board is double sided, so you can choose which ‘face’ of the mountain to tackle, and you can also choose summer or winter weather conditions, which make a huge difference to the difficulty and strategy of the game.