sources for "Which is taller, Mt. Everest or K2?"?

Great article – except there are no trustworthy sources cited.

Checked out website for Count Ardito Desio, but no mention there or on wikipedia (which would also need citation):
http://www.arditodesio.it/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardito_Desio

nothing when searching on heights claimed for everest and ks (29,078 and 28,238)

nothing when searching google – your url comes first: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=29%2C078+28%2C238+everest+k2

help! (respectfully)


LINK TO STAFF REPORT: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1467/which-is-taller-mt-everest-or-k2

If you search on

“Ardito Desio” everest k2

you’ll get better hits. I don’t know when this column appeared, but the expedition was in 1987, before the Web.