National Geographic Magazine: On Everest 2012, Dispatch #9

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Photographer Cory Richards is part of an expedition to climb Mount Everest in the coming weeks, sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face. The experience is being covered in dispatches, photos and video in National Geographic magazine's May issue for iPad, available now.

The expedition is led by famed mountaineer and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker. Anker, along with Richards, a fellow The North Face athlete, seek to repeat the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition. The two athletes will attempt to summit via Everest's seldom visited West Ridge, and their alpine-style climb will be documented by Richards for a print feature in National Geographic magazine early next year. In addition to the team of Anker and Richards, a second team composed of The North Face athletes, Montana State University geologist David Lageson, and National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins will attempt to summit from the more common Southeast Ridge route.

The expedition is sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face, with support from Montana State University, which has created online science curriculum about the Himalayas for fifth graders. Joining the climbers at Base Camp will be a team of five Mayo Clinic researchers who will study the impacts of high altitude on human physiology.

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