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This was the first of Colin Adams' ``Mathematically Bent'' columns for the Mathematical Intelligencer, published back in Vol.22, No. 1, 2000. It combines many of the analogies between mountain climbing and math research (e.g., accepting a challenge `because it is there', different teams attempting different `assaults on the same peak', etc.) and combines them in a single short story about collaborators trying to prove the Poincare Conjecture.
The story was republished in the collection Riot at the Calc Exam.... in 2009. 
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