The Expedition

Our 2012 expedition to Everest seeks to repeat the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition, almost 50 years after that first American ascent to the summit. Meet the team »

Photo: A line of climbers ascends Mount Everest.

Photograph by Cory Richards

As seen from Lhotse, a team of climbers ascending Everest creates a spectacular line of light on the mountain ridge.

Two Routes to the Top

Mountaineer Conrad Anker and photographer Cory Richards will attempt the West Ridge route in the alpine style, carrying all their own food, shelter, and equipment.

At the same time a second team, composed of scientists and researchers from Montana State University and National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins, will attempt to climb the mountain's Southeastern Ridge in the expedition style, using fixed ropes, stocked camps, help from porters, and supplemental oxygen.

Real-time updates from Jenkins and members of the West Ridge team as well as additional exclusive coverage will start April 16 in the National Geographic magazine app on the iPad.

This expedition is sponsored by The North Face and National Geographic with support from Montana State University. The Mayo Clinic will join the climbing teams at Base Camp to conduct research.

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Meet the Team

  • Photo: Portrait of Conrad Anker

    Conrad Anker, Expedition Leader

    Photograph by Karine Aigner

    Conrad Anker is an internationally renowned mountaineer. He is captain of the North Face Athlete Team and has achieved notable summits and first ascents in North and South America, Antarctica, and the Himalaya. On an expedition to Everest in 1999, he was the first to locate and identify the remains of George Mallory, a pioneering climber lost in 1924. Anker has authored four books and appeared in four movies, most recently The Wildest Dream—National Geographic Entertainment’s documentary of Anker’s 2007 Everest expedition. Anker serves as a board member of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. He is vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.

  • Photo: Portrait of Cory Richards

    Cory Richards, Photographer

    Photograph by Karine Aigner

    Cory Richards, alpinist and photographer, is one of the rising stars of high-altitude mountaineering. At 29, he became the first American to summit a peak over 8,000 meters, Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, in winter. Richards documented the entire climb, including an avalanche during descent that nearly claimed his life. Footage he took of the journey became the film Cold, which went on to win numerous prizes including the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Richards is a North Face Team Athlete and was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year in 2012.

  • Photo: Portrait of Mark Jenkins

    Mark Jenkins, Writer

    Photograph by Rebecca Hale, National Geographic

    Mark Jenkins is an accomplished climber and contributing writer for National Geographic. His most recent article, “Last of the Cave People,” was published in the February 2012 issue. Jenkins is author of four books: A Man’s Life: Dispatches From Dangerous Places; The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival, and the Soul of Adventure; To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger; and Off the Map: Bicycling Across Siberia. Jenkins is no stranger to alpine journeys. His achievements include the second American ascent of Mount Xixabangma in Tibet, the 1986 U.S. Everest North Face Expedition, the first ascent of the highest peaks in the Arctic Circle, and the first ascent of Peak Rawu, Tibet.

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Meet the Team

  • Photo: Portrait of Cory Richards

    Conrad Anker, Expedition Leader

    Conrad Anker is an internationally renowned mountaineer. He is captain of the North Face Athlete Team and has achieved notable summits and first ascents in North and South America, Antarctica, and the Himalaya. On an expedition to Everest in 1999, he was the first to locate and identify the remains of George Mallory, a pioneering climber lost in 1924. Anker has authored four books and appeared in four movies, most recently The Wildest Dream—National Geographic Entertainment’s documentary of Anker’s 2007 Everest expedition. Anker serves as a board member of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. He is vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.

  • Photo: Portrait of Cory Richards

    Cory Richards, Photographer

    Cory Richards, alpinist and photographer, is one of the rising stars of high-altitude mountaineering. At 29, he became the first American to summit a peak over 8,000 feet, Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, in winter. Richards documented the entire climb, including an avalanche during descent that nearly claimed his life. Footage he took of the journey became the film Cold, which went on to win numerous prizes including the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Richards is a North Face Team Athlete and was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year in 2012.

  • Photo: Portrait of Cory Richards

    Mark Jenkins, Writer

    Mark Jenkins is an accomplished climber and contributing writer for National Geographic. His most recent article, “Last of the Cave People,” was published in the February 2012 issue. Jenkins is author of four books: A Man’s Life: Dispatches From Dangerous Places; The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival, and the Soul of Adventure; To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger; and Off the Map: Bicycling Across Siberia. Jenkins is no stranger to alpine journeys. His achievements include the second American ascent of Mount Xixabangma in Tibet, the 1986 U.S. Everest North Face Expedition, the first ascent of the highest peaks in the Arctic Circle, and the first ascent of Peak Rawu, Tibet.

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