US Marine Corps Veteran Ruben Payan, Jr. to Attempt Summit of K2; Expedition Member Lhakpa Sherpa Attempting Record as Youngest and Only Climber to Summit K2 Three Times

Payan to lead expedition for Powerful Human's Climb for Humanity. K2 is the second highest summit in the world but is deadlier than Mt. Everest.

PHOENIX, March 11, 2016 — (PRNewswire) — US Marine Corps Veteran and explorer Ruben Payan, Jr. announced his plans to summit K2 this June 2016 as part of Powerful Human's Climb for Humanity. K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is the last of 8 peaks to be summited by Payan and his team on behalf of the Powerful Human organization.

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K2, due to its extreme technical difficulty, is commonly known as 'The Savage Mountain' owing to its remote nature and extreme weather conditions. Statistics are deadlier than Everest with 1 fatality for every 4 who summit. To date, only 334 people, including 20 Americans, have successfully climbed K2, in contrast with over 6800 summits of Everest.1

In 2006 Arizona native Payan was inspired to climb the eight tallest peaks in the world in the name of humanity. His achievements were motivated by his passion to inspire others into action. Galvanized by his own self-discovery, he founded POWERFUL HUMAN, an organization with a mission to support others as they discover and realize their biggest dreams.  Using the mountains as metaphors, he shares ideas aimed at self-actualization and motivation to empower others to reach their full potential and live beyond limits. Payan successfully completed the Seven Summits in 2015 and is now focused on one of the most remote and difficult mountains in the world - K2. 

"The opportunity for personal growth always seems to appear in the midst of chaos. I chose to climb mountains to demonstrate there is a powerful human in each and every one of us," said Payan. "Every person on this earth has a destiny to fulfill, something that is calling to you. Whether K2, as in my case, or any other challenge in life – my goal is to ultimately connect humans from all walks of life in the spirit of peace and unity."

The Powerful Human K2 expedition team is comprised of Payan along with four renowned Nepali climbers, Pemba Jangbu Sherpa, Lhakpa Sherpa, Phurba Soman Sherpa, and Damai Sarki Sherpa. Lhakpa, at 24, has already completed 11 eight-thousanders. With a successful K2 summit he will be the youngest and only individual to summit K2 three times.

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About Powerful Human

Community organization Powerful Human was founded in 2005 by veteran, mountaineer, author, and motivational speaker Ruben Payan, Jr. POWERFUL HUMAN is committed to providing mentoring and personal development opportunities with an emphasis on youth.  For more information please visit

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