Dispatch 32 from Everest / May 15, 2012


Two Ascents, Both Seek Summit — Southeast Ridge Team to Focus on Education and Science; West Ridge Team of Anker and Cory Richards to Retrace Route of First American Ascent on West Ridge.

Climb to Be Covered Online Starting March 16 at natgeo.com/oneverest and www.thenorthface.com/everest. Real-time Updates from West Ridge Team to Start April 16 on National Geographic Magazine App for iPad

The West Ridge portion of the Conrad Anker-led National Geographic and The North Face expedition to summit Mount Everest has been canceled due to unsafe climbing conditions on the West Ridge route.

The expedition planned to summit via two routes, the West Ridge and the Southeast Ridge, in an attempt to repeat the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition (AMEE).

“After looking at aerial photos of the Hornbein Couloir, the route is not safe to attempt this year.  It is a tough decision, but canceling the West Ridge climb is the sensible thing to do," Anker said. “I am excited that the Southeast Ridge team will still make a summit attempt, and that we can work to fulfill our geologic and scientific goals with that part of the expedition.”

You can read more of Anker’s thoughts here.

The Southeast Ridge team, composed of National Geographic magazine writer Mark Jenkins and The North Face Global Team Athletes Kris Erickson, Hilaree O’Neill, Sam Elias and Emily Harrington will continue as planned with their summit bid later this month. Anker hopes to climb with the Southeast Ridge team.

The expedition is covered in real-time on the magazine's blog and in the May and June editions of the National Geographic Magazine App for iPad.


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