National Geographic has sent a team back to Mount Everest to commemorate the very first society-sponsored expedition, called the American Mount Everest Expedition, to the summit in 1963. Nearly 50 years after Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein ascended Everest’s West Ridge, climber Conrad Anker is leading a team of climbers from The North Face, as well as National Geographic writer, Mark Jenkins and photographer Cory Richards up the Southeast Ridge after deeming the West Ridge too dangerous. The magazine is providing an astounding level of coverage of the expedition, including daily field updates, a photo gallery (including Instagram photos), and even a Twitter feed from the base camps along the way to the summit. It’s amazing to think that few people even knew of the original expedition 50 years ago and now, via technology, we are able to follow the progress of the team in near real-time, on their journey back to the top of the world.
[via National Geographic]