Mount Everest – After summiting Mount Everest for the 6th time on May 16, 2017, Tim Mosedale, a British mountaineer, returned to base camp and posted photos on social media confirming that the Hillary Step has collapsed.
The Hillary Step was 12-meter (39-foot) vertical rock face at 8,790 meters on the southeast ridge of Everest. The iconic feature was the final major crux to reach the top of the world’s tallest mountain. It was named after Sir Edmund Hillary who first climbed the mountain with Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
It is believed that the Hillary Step collapsed during the massive Nepal earthquake of 2015. Many climbers believed that the Hillary Step was gone last season, but it was hard to tell due to snow conditions.
The following photo was posted by the American Himalayan Foundation on May 16, 2016 comparing the Hillary Step in 2016 to 2013:
According to the BBC.co.uk, Mosedale, “said the loss of the Step was “the end of an era“.
UPDATE: After this post was published, a new report from TheGuardian.com reports that the Hillary Step is still there!