WASHINGTON (May 15, 2012)—The West Ridge portion of the Conrad Anker-led National Geographic and The North Face expedition to summit Mount Everest has been canceled due to unsafe climbing conditions on the West Ridge route.
The expedition planned to summit via two routes, the West Ridge and the Southeast Ridge, in an attempt to repeat the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition (AMEE).
“After looking at aerial photos of the Hornbein Couloir, the route is not safe to attempt this year. It is a tough decision, but canceling the West Ridge climb is the sensible thing to do,” said Conrad Anker. “I am excited that the Southeast Ridge team will still make a summit attempt and that we can work to fulfill our geologic and scientific goals with that part of the expedition.”
The Southeast Ridge team, composed of National Geographic magazine writer Mark Jenkins and The North Face Global Team Athletes Kris Erickson, Hilaree O’Neill, Sam Elias and Emily Harrington, will continue as planned with their summit bid later this month. Anker hopes to climb with the Southeast Ridge team.