If you’re into high profile climbing ascents and high profile climbers, well I don’t think you can get much more high profile than this. Conrad Anker, Cory Richards, Sam Elias, and Emily Harrington are attempting to tackle the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Funded by The North Face and National Geographic, two teams will attempt two ascents to the summit. Anker and partner Cory Richards will tackle the famed and seldom visited West Ridge, in the footsteps of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, in alpine-style. The rest of the team will head up the Southeast Ridge with a geologist from Montana State University, whose goal is remeasure the exact altitude of Everest.
The whole team has also been outfitted with monitors provided by the Mayo Clinic to study the effects of altitude and extreme mountaineering on the body. The whole expedition is being sponsored by National Geographic, who will be updating their website with tweets, instagram photos, poop consistency (is there an app for that?), etc. NPR did a solid interview with Anker and some of the scientists who will be on the climb.
Here is a video of what the Southeast Ridge team should be experiencing.
Via Harrington’s Instagram, “View of the West Face of Ama Dablam (6812m ~ 22,349ft) from the top of Nagarstang Peak (5038m ~ 16,625ft). The West Face is very technical and has only been climbed a few times, not near as often as the Normal Southwest Ridge route. Nice little #acclimatization hike today with Kaji Sherpa #OnEverest @natgeo @thenorthface”