Everest: Where They Stand

The First Ascent team makes progress up the West Ridge toward Camp III

The First Ascent team makes progress up the West Ridge toward Camp III     Photo: Illustration by Grayson Schaffer

The First Ascent team of Jake Norton, Brent Bishop, Charley Mace, and David Morton is through a patch of brittle ice and has fixed lines to within 1,200 feet of the West Shoulder. They’ll head back up on May 4. Meanwhile, the team from The North Face—Cory Richards and Conrad Anker—made a short initial foray up from Camp II on April 28 but turned back due to rockfall. Richards was evacuated by helicopter from Base Camp that afternoon with an unspecified medical problem.

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