On October 12  our
reconnoitring party tried to reach North Col when an avalanche occurred at
2.12 p.m. at the height of 6850m [22,500 feet] under the North Col. It is
regret to say that three Chinese were swept down by the avalanche and fell
into a deep crevasse. Three Chinese died. Among them there was Mr Wang Kow Po
who had climbed North Col five times and reached to 8000m [26,250 feet] high.
The day before Mr Wang's
accident, Mr Wang told Mr R. Hasegawa, one of our Japanese members, that he
had seen two deads in 1974 when he had participated as a member in Chinese
Expedition to Mt. Everest.
He had seen one of them near
side-moraine under C-3 [Camp III] in the East Rongbuk Glacier and another at
8100m [26,575 feet] high on the Northeast Ridge route. He could not speak
English but he repeated a word just “English, English” to Mr Hasegawa.
The first one might be Wilson.
Who was the second who had been at 8100m? When he touched the clothes of the
dead at 8100m, the clothes had been broken to pieces and blown off by wind.
Then he put snow on the dead and buried him. Mr Hasegawa asked Mr Wang if he
[the body] might be a Russian. Mr Wang denied and told any Russians didn't
come to such a high place.
Mr Hasegawa says Mr Wang was
honest, native and rather taciturn. Mr Wang died. Mr Hasegawa rues he should
ask more details from Mr Wang. In the last meeting of expedition members, they
were asked to find not only cameras but a dead who slept at 8100m.
Other research indicated that
Wang’s bivouac tent site was a bit higher than 8100m, and it was also unlikely
that anyone would go for a walk toward the Mallory fall-line across a cliff
face. So I placed it at 8150 which would let him mosey out across the broad
terrace which I called the 8200m Snow Terrace. The intersection of his
probable tent site with the fall line gave the search zone.