It sounds like the video is saying (link with a time stamp corresponds the following)

"We were in the first stage of the Everest ascent when the ground gave way, leaving me swinging on the end of this rope, clutching at these black and glassy walls."

cambridge gives this meaning about "give way"

to break, especially when under pressure from strong forces

Does that suggest there is no ground, only cliff?

  • The ground under his feet crumbled and he no longer was supported on a path but suspended by a rope over a drop.
    – user105719
    Feb 7, 2020 at 4:28
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    Feb 7, 2020 at 4:43
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    Feb 7, 2020 at 4:46

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No, it doesn't.

"The ground gave way" means that it crumbled away or broke under his feet, as your dictionary definition states. As a result of the ground breaking under his feet, he fell and was left dangling. It doesn't say anything about cliffs, just that he lost his footing.

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