Anker Cancels ‘West Ridge’ Climb on Everest

We reported last month in the article “Climbing Season Kicks off on Big E” that Conrad Anker and Cory Richards would attempt the West Ridge route on Mount Everest carrying all their own food, shelter, and equipment. Well, things have changed, as you’ll see on National Geographic’s Everest micro-site. Richards was evacuated from Base Camp to Kathmandu after a medical emergency. The West Ridge plan has been canceled due to unsafe climbing conditions. Now Anker and other National Geographic Expedition members turn their attention to the peak’s trade route, the Southeast Ridge, with summit pushes ramping up as we write.


West Ridge and the Hornbein Couloir; © David Breashears

Here below are a few new images from the action on Everest this year. The photos, from the June edition of National Geographic magazine for iPad, show some of the beauty and drama on this peak. The plans have changed for the National Geographic Expedition this spring. But the final goal, the summit of the world’s highest peak, remains still the same. —Stephen Regenold


The sun sets over the west shoulder of Everest (right) and Nuptse, a neighboring peak; © Cory Richards/National Geographic


At dawn, a Sherpa runs uphill across a ladder spanning a crevasse at the top of the Khumbu Icefall; © Mark Jenkins/National Geographic


Dawa and Danuru (at right) talk with fellow Sherpas at Camp 2; © Andy Bardon/National Geographic


Conrad Anker and Simone Moro chat in Base Camp; © Andy Bardon/National Geographic

—Stephen Regenold wrote about gear on Everest for National Geographic in the article “Everest Climbing Gear—Then and Now.” GearJunkie.com covered a unique expedition on Everest last month in the post “History Retraced on Mount Everest This Spring.”


June edition of National Geographic magazine for iPad

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.