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Nepal Mountaineering Association says Everest's still intact

Nepal Mountaineering Association says Everest's still intactNepalese climbers have disputed reports that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, saying the so-called Hillary Step is covered in snow but intact.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The British mountaineer Tim Mosedale had said at the weekend that the section of rock first traversed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in their successful ascent of Everest in 1953 had collapsed – probably due to a 2015 earthquake.

But the chairman of the Nepal Mountaineering Association is among several Nepalese climbers to cast doubt on Mosedale’s claim. “The Hillary Step is in its old position,” Ang Tshering Sherpa said.

“[It is] intact, except that there’s lots more snow on it so the rock portion is not easily visible,” he told the Associated Press.

Another climber, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, said confusion might have come about because mountaineers marking a new route to the summit had approached it from another side, “from where the Hillary Step cannot be seen”.
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