Interview with Tarcisio Bello by Valentina
Tarcisio, how did you come up with the idea of going back to Mount Everest
looking for Sandy Irvine camera? Is this a dream which finally comes true?
Bellò : "It was
Agostino Da Polenza,
K2 2004 Expedition leader, to ask me. He came up with this idea and so I have
to thank him The Everest phase of the K2 2004 Project has a primarily
scientific purpose. My other priority will be to support scientists in the
carrying out of their tests."
you think that the camera can still be found, after 80 years?
Bellò: "In 1975 a mountaineer of a Chinese expedition found a body laying on
one side, as if he had died while sleeping. His clothes looked old-fashioned
and worn. He had probably died of hypothermia and had his cheek pecked by a
crow, a bird who can reach such altitudes. He was 20 mins far from the Chinese
camp and it is very likely that this climber was Sandy Irvine. We will surely
make reference to this data to start our research.
you going to leave and how long will you remain up there?
Bellò: I cannot tell you the exact day, but we will climb to camp 3 in the
afternoon and the day after, not too early as it would be too cold, we will
explore the area. We will use a metal detector possibly."
time will you have?
Bellò: "At this altitude, 8300 m, it will not be possible to spend more than
half a day. Even just moving at this altitude is particularly difficult and I
have had to get trained as if I had to summit Everest. I also hope not to find
snow because this would make the whole thing impossible."
How do you
imagine the moment of the finding of the camera, what will you first thought
Bellò: "Well it would be like winning at the lottery! What excites me of the
whole thing is thinking that it would be a revolutionary discovery which would
cause the rewriting of mountaineering history, as well as of school manuals
and geographic explorations.
Mr. Bello, seems like a nice, caring man. Best
of luck to him from EverestNews.com. May he have safe passage and good health.
We wish him all the best...
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