We were served notice by at least one person who claimed to
be a member of one of the families. It was interesting that they were claiming
ownership of "any unexposed film."
We assume because they obviously
could not claim intellectual property rights of any taken (exposed) photos,
since any reasonable person or court would surely conclude that Sandy Irvine
owned the intellectual property of any photos he took.
Unless of course the photo was of Sandy taken therefore by George!
Notices like this clearly
show the interest in this mystery to some: "money". Sad, in our
opinion... This should not be about money.
Our plan was to
wait. We were in no hurry. We would go up the mountain, when we considered it
very safe. Failure, to us, was not defined as not finding Sandy; failure to us
was defined as having a climber not come back from Everest. Safety was our
number one concern, all the time.
Once up the mountain, our
plan was not to rush to one of the 3 location but to go a different way first and
film first. With our equipment, we could see a long way.
shared our ostensible plans with many.
"private" group—the B-Team--went completely unnoticed. No one seemed to dream
that we really had a second team. Even though we talked with several people
about planting climbers on a second team, surely no one expected that we would
actually do it. The private group was free to tour the mountain, without
people asking them "have you found Sandy today?". That was nice... Tom's
A-team, we are told was watched, but we really doubt anyone knows half the places
they went either. The next time up the mountain for the A-team it was snowing!
While the plan
of teams to wait until the end of the season was risky, during the last several spring
seasons on Everest there was good weather at the end of the season. Our
plan was based on
good weather would once again occur at the
of the season. Also, waiting until the
end of the season, after which everyone had
shot his bolt, would be the ONLY way we could accomplish our mission to
family. By the end of the season, most would be done, either having summited or
headed home waiting for another year. The mountain would be ours and it
We went to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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