A British mountaineer has confirmed a cliff face that is the last major obstacle on the main route to the summit of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making it even more dangerous for climbers to reach the world’s highest peak.
The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who made the first ascent with Tenzing Norgay in 1953, is believed to have collapsed during the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015.
Located on the southeast ridge, the 12-metre rocky outcrop was known to be the most technically difficult part of main route on the Nepalese side.
Last year, mountaineers suspected the earthquake had altered the cliff but heavy snow made it difficult to assess to what extent it had changed.
But, writing on his Facebook page, Tim Mosedale confirmed the Step was gone.
He wrote: “It’s official – The Hillary Step is no more. Not sure what’s going to happen when the snow ridge doesn’t form because there’s some huge blocks randomly…