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Everest on speed: UK guide promises summit in 42 days

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Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world's highest peak in 42 days: that's British guide Adrian Ballinger's ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit Mount Everest. 

Members of Alpenglow Expeditions' Rapid Ascent Team cross the final ridge to the summit of Mount Everest on May 18, 2013

Ballinger's "Rapid Ascent" programme, which at around $79,000 is roughly double the cost of other Everest expeditions, aims to overturn the conventional wisdom that it takes 10 weeks to reach the top of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak.

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