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    Iconic Everest Feature Confirmed Destroyed

    “The Hillary Step is no more.” So wrote British mountaineer Tim Mosedale after summiting the world’s tallest peak, confirming the destruction of one of Everest’s most famous features. The Hillary Step, a 40-foot rocky outcrop near the 29,029-foot summit, was thought destroyed after Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, but heavy snow since had made confirmation impossible. According to Mosedale, the loss of the outcrop — named for Edmund Hillary, who with Tenzing Norgay was the first to reach Everest’s peak in 1953 — may have left unstable rubble, making the climb even trickier.

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