On Saturday, in the last major summit push of the season, the Eddie Bauer First Ascent team led by Dave Hahn successfully summited Everest via the South Col route. The ascent marks Hahn's 14th Everest summit, the most of any Western climber. Conrad Anker, who had originally intended to climb the West Ridge route on the National Geographic-The North Face team, also summited from the South Col, doing so without supplemental oxygen. Speed climber Chad Kellogg, who was attempting to break the speed ascent record, turned around just shy of the summit at 8,600 meters. His sponsor, Outdoor Research, has yet to explain why he aborted the climb, saying only that "things were not going well."
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