Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Montanans summit Everest

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

So, what'd you do this weekend? Take a little trip? Complain about the cruddy weather? Bunker down and watch the Star Wars marathon on cable TV? While you were doing that, a crew of Montana State University researchers and famed mountaineer Conrad Anker, who lives in Bozeman, reached the highest point on Earth.

Emily Harrington atop Everest
  • North Face climber Emily Harrington atop Everest
National Geographic reports that an initial team of five climbers, including MSU alum Kris Erickson, reached the top of Mount Everest at approximately 8 a.m. Nepal time on Friday, May 25. The team was supported by geologists from Montana State University working to re-survey Everest as well as conduct an eight-week online science course for thousands of Montana high school students. The expedition was sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face.

Anker decided against climbing to the summit with the main team in order to lend support from camp during the descent, but the next day he decided to go out on his own. From NatGeo:

After the team had summited and safely arrived at lower elevations, Anker made a push for the summit himself. He summited without oxygen via the South Col at 10:10 a.m. on May 26 and is now reunited with the team at Camp 2. This marked Anker's third Everest summit, yet his first summit via the Southeast Ridge.

The expedition, which began March 15, continues to be documented online at On Everest: Dispatches from the roof of the world and via @natgeo on Instagram.

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