This year, China closed their borders in Tibet and put the smackdown on elite climbers everywhere, but that couldn't stop the intrepid 6th graders of Mill Creek Elementary from launching a successful summit bid on the Northeast Ridge. Here's the video proof:
Their epic adventure has all the drama you'd expect of a harrowing siege on the world's highest peak, complete with confusing route finding, priceless sound effects, human triumph, and near disaster (Sherpa Chris: "I lost one cram-poon!").
Since no one's climbing via the North Ridge this year, we'll all have to live vicariously through the saga of these brave mini-mountaineers. — Ted Alvarez