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Mount Everest’s Hillary Step ‘not there any more’, says mountaineer

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It was believed the rock face was damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal which struck in 2015.

A near-vertical rock face near the summit of Mount Everest has collapsed, a British mountaineer has said.

The Hillary Step – named after Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first person, along with Tenzing Norgay, to scale it on the way to the summit – was considered one of the trickiest parts of the ascent of the world’s tallest mountain.

It was believed the face was damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal which struck in 2015 but it was not confirmed owing to snow.

Sir Edmund Hillary
The rock face is named after Sir Edmund Hillary

Speaking to the Guardian, Tim Mosedale said: “It’s a piece of mountaineering history that has disappeared. Even non-mountaineers know the name and the association of the infamous Hillary Step.

“It was reported last year, and indeed I climbed it last year, but we weren’t sure for certain that the step had gone because the area was blasted with snow.

“This year, however, I can report that the chunk of rock named the Hillary Step is definitely not there any more.”

The step was located around 8,790 metres above sea level and led to the peak at 8,848 metres.

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