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Ed took a hard look. On the West Ridge of Mount Everest, he was only 300 vertical feet below the summit. But that could take a couple of hours without supplemental oxygen. And the weather was worsening, a light snow beginning to fall. Eric was right; the team could probably get to the top, but coming down would be epic at best, suicidal at worst. The team turned and started down towards base camp. Ed would think about those last 300 feet every day for the next three years.   In high altitude mountaineering, there’s little fame in turning back short of the summit. We like our outdoor adventurers to overcome any obstacle to reach the world’s peaks in epic fashion, regardless of the…