Expedition Watch: Climbing the West Ridge of Everest

Will Unsoeld and Barry Bishop on the West Ridge

The spring 2012 Everest season is in full swing, with teams arriving at Base Camp in preparation for their summit attempts. There are no shortage of planned ascents, and no shortage of places to follow those ascents. Outside has sent senior editor Grayson Schaffer to the mountain, and he's sending back daily dispatches—articles, photos, and videos—on a new Everest page. Eddie Bauer has sent a team led by 13-time summiter Dave Hahn to climb the South Col, and a team led by Jake Norton to climb the West Ridge. The North Face has sent a team led by Conrad Anker and recent Rowell Award winner Cory Richards to climb the West Ridge. Mountain Hardwear has sent athletes Ueli Steck and Freddie Wilkinson to the mountain for ascents they have not completely disclosed. (Alan Arnette has posted a solid summary of the West Ridge on his blog, Grayson Schaffer has posted a nice summary of the three teams mentioned above for Outside, and Explorer's Web has a nice history of the different routes up Everest.) In short, there's a lot going on, and you should follow Schaffer's updates. Here's a quick Expedition Watch on the team he'll embed with at Base Camp.

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