Mount Everest's part has collapsed

Mount Everest's part has collapsedThe Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The 12 metre-high rocky outcrop was a near-vertical climb on the south-east ridge of the mountain. There had been rumours from climbers on earlier expeditions that the step had been destroyed, but snowy conditions made it difficult to confirm.

The British expedition leader Tim Mosedale, who reached the summit last week, told the Guardian via email from the Everest base camp: “There used to be a formidable rocky barrier which has been replaced with an area of loose rubble and debris (huge blocks that are precariously perched and will probably endanger anyone who goes near them).

“Thankfully this year and last year we’ve been able to ascend a snowy ridge to the right of where the [Hillary Step] used to be. But in future years if that snowy ridge doesn’t form I’m not sure what the safe option will be.”

He had earlier posted a photograph on Facebook and confirmed the destruction of the Hillary Step.

“It’s official – the Hillary Step is no more,” wrote Mosedale.

On image: before (on the left) and after (on the right) the collapse
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