Dispatches from the roof of the world

Take a Virtual Climb Writer—and Everest expert—Mark Jenkins takes you all the way from Base Camp to summit with a video tour.

The adventure continues on Everest this month as our team makes a push for the summit.

This expedition seeks to commemorate the historic climb of the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition, almost 50 years after that first American ascent. Since poor climbing conditions have made his planned ascent of Everest’s little traveled West Ridge too dangerous, Conrad Anker will lead a team of climbers from The North Face and National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins up the mountain’s Southeast Ridge.

Join the adventure as they share their quest for the summit. Find daily expedition coverage and get in on the conversation in the Field Test daily section of the June edition of the National Geographic magazine app for iPad.

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