Hillary Step

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British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘We’re on the Hillary Step going strong for the summit, but it is shrouded in cloud.’ Photograph: Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson’s hopes of securing a new withdrawal agreement at the European Council were in the balance on Wednesday night as (...)

Mount Everest is seen from the village of Tembuche, in Nepal. File photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Mountaineers have confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making climbing the mountain more da(...)

The first conquerors of Everest, Edmund Hillary (left) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (right), with expedition leader Colonel John Hunt (centre) in Katmandu, Nepal, after descending from the peak . Photograph: PA Wire

It was the final obstacle, the 15 metres of technical climbing up a near vertical rock face that pushed Sir Edmund Hillary to the limit. Once climb(...)