The Second Step headwall at 28,300 feet on the Northeast Ridge of Mount Everest, Tibet. The Second Step is considered the crux, or most difficult part, of the climb on the Northeast Ridge, and is a central point to the controversy of Mallory and Irvine's disappearance in 1924. The ladder was installed on the final bit by a Chinese expedition in 1975.
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1975 Adventure Andrew Comyn Irvine Andrew Irvine Asia China Chinese Chomolungma Conrad Anker Everest George Leigh Mallory George Mallory Himalaya Himalaya Mountains Himalayas Mallory & Irvine Northeast Ridge Sagarmatha Second Step Tibet Tibet Autonomous Region danger dangerous difficult fixed line fixed ropes ladder mount everest steep travel
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