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Hillary Step Gone?

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Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

The iconic step is reportedly no longer there after the quakes.

DesertRat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 198

I saw this, pretty incredible.

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95


patdeli · · merced, CA · Joined May 2015 · Points: 150

Can't find anything saying it's gone but I did read that they set a route to the top for the first time in 2 years. They said it took a while to get up Hillary step because of snow and ice.

Lan Dogan · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 10

BBC doesn't go in to details but cites "difficult climbing conditions".

DesertRat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 198

According to recent summiters, the climbing is easier.……;id=517699171

Russ Keane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 140

Holy crap- That is a major bummer.

rocknice2 · · Montreal, Quebec · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 3,018

Replaced by the Trump Tower

Jon Rhoderick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 850

Luke Majewski · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

If you look at the Russian page you can see that the zoom factor is different on those two shots from the tweet. Although it does look different, it does not appear to have collapsed.

From the translation of the Russian page. Although the third sentence seems to say "yes it did collapse" in the context of the remainder of the paragraph it really does appear like it's just snow.

"Every year falls a different number snow. Do not panic. Step Hilary collapsed during the earthquake. Just this year, she dusted with snow. You can compare the pictures. in fact, 2016 is not the only one, when Hillary Step sweeps snow so that some climbers perceive this fact as its collapse, but in fact the stage is still there ... hidden under a thick layer of snow, " to confirm his words, Simone is also a photograph of an analysis of boulders on the Hillary Steps (arrows indicate the same point):"

Paul Vervalin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 35

I know this thread is almost a year old, but I was poking around looking for pictures of the Hillary Step that were taken from the same location that Tim Mosedale took this year and I found one.  I overlaid them an made a little video.  I circled 3 prominent rock features to show the images are basically the same perspective.   What does everyone here think?  I think it's gone....    


SinRopa · · parts unknown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 50

It's still there.  As of May 22 of this year at least.  Saw it with my own eyes, jumared up it with my own arms, climbed it with my own legs.  There's a lot more snow than usual, but it's there.

EDIT: good article explaining some of the confusion:

EDIT 2: not everyone agrees...

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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