Update 7/1/2004: WU, when is it time to
As we stated earlier...
On May 27th 2004, our climbers found a
body above 8000 meters on the North Face of Everest. It would be hard to
imagine finding a body in worse shape. They described the
body as "headless", with severely broken bones. The chest area of the body was
heavily damaged. The body was not covered with stones when they found it
(i.e., it had not been buried by earlier climbers). The
body with broad shoulders was found with shoulders pointing downhill. Only one "leather boot" was found; its size was estimated around 9-10. Nothing was on
(no wristwatch, bracelet, etc.).
The climber wore handmade socks and had no gloves on. The hands were black and
bone. No harness of any kind was found on or near the body, nor any rope.
The body was given a
The climbers initially thought the body was Chinese based on
two letters written in blue ink inside the boot. However, the handwritten letters
inside the boot are written in English and
no other signs point to a Chinese climber so far. Our people who were on the mountain
believe the body is not Sandy Irvine. Unfortunately, the findings need to be
studied to determine who this climber is. The identity of this body is going
to be very hard to determine because of the condition of the body.
History, of course, tells us that only
2 climbers (besides George
Mallory) died above 8000
meters on Everest's
North Side: Sandy Irvine and Wu Tseng-Yue before 1985
Update 7/1/2004: After looking at the evidence, the letters
on the lining of the leather boot are WU, as you can see in the above picture.
All other markings you might see in that picture are just dirt. Studying the
picture and the film of the body, you see a climber lying on his back, head
facing downhill on the North Face, with one leg touching the yellow band, his
body essentially demolished by his fall.
His head is completely missing and his waist ripped open. Like Mallory,
the skin of his thorax is marble white and undamaged by the elements. The
destruction caused by the climber's fall suggests--as some Mallory & Irvine
theorists have claimed--that Mallory could not have fallen twice as far and
suffered half the damage.
A tag with Chinese markings was also found on the body. We did not know of the writing on the tag when making the earlier
Therefore, the logical assumption is that this body with a leather boot
appears to be
Wu Tseng-Yue. Note, this body was
not in a crevice, but lying on a slope with one leg on
the yellow band. The shoe size was very small for an adult. This body was also
not buried when found. Wu was reported to
be found in 1999 and 2001, but based on their descriptions this appears to be
a different climber.
A picture in this case would say a thousand words,
but for now we are not publishing the picture. However, we will show the
picture to various historians. In the next few weeks, we will try to publish more updates
on other items including the oxygen bottle found at a different location. We currently still have many more questions than answers.
When time permits, we would also like to tell the story of
this year's expedition from the beginning, so you can better understand.
We went to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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