let's forget about what we or Tom Holzel or anyone else theorizes; let’s look
what the team who went to the mountain believes.
testimony from a climber who discovered “an old dead”, it was hard not to
conclude that he discovered Sandy Irvine.
this climber further before we went to Everest. Some of his words were that
he came across a “very old
dead.” It was in a very exposed area, “unsafe to go further this way.”
interview he stated the body was “leaning like this” as he leaned to his left
and put his hands up to the left side of his head and pulled his knees towards
his chest. He also said that he was on “lot of snow” (i.e., a snow slab, not on
rock). This would make sense if the “old”
person were on a steep area, trying to protect himself from the wind and cold,
leaning into the mountain trying to use the snow to shield himself.
"Yes, we were confident in finding Sandy
We had researched thoroughly the history and interviewed many
experienced mountaineers. A real live climber was
telling us he saw a body that could only be Sandy"
He also said that if something fell from this area there is
nothing to stop its fall. Whatever fell would wind up at 6000 meters or below. “It is very
steep here”, very exposed and the fall line is uninterrupted, no obstructions
at all. He marked the location on a map for
us. He stated he did not see the face.
Update 8/12/2004: The Team's Theory
believes that they climbed to the location where the climber said he had found
"an old dead" body years earlier. Our source stated he had
discovered a “very old body” dressed in “army-colored clothes” lying on a
slab at an off-route location. This location was above 8400 meters. When our
climbers got to the location, they found an old oxygen bottle
from the 20's or 30's, but no body. They
believe that this old dead body may had been discovered years earlier—perhaps by the
Chinese and when he was found then, the climber changed his own oxygen bottle
and left it by the body. Or the
bottle had to belong to the old dead climber. They believe the snow slab that
the old dead body rested on all of those years gave way at some point and
that the body would have fallen to the area below.
Also, after seeing numerous other dead bodies on Everest,
our team believes it would be impossible that George Mallory fell from the
ridge on Everest, or even as high as the yellow band, based on comparing his
injuries to those of other climbers.
Our climbers state they are "sure", this is the location described
to them by the climber who saw the “very old dead.” We had the team revisit
the location to double-check, but no body was found at that location.
But the real question of the
day is: Did our climbers find the resting spot of Sandy Irvine's body for
Sandy Irvine, (member of the Oxford University
winning Boat Race crew) 1923 © The Sandy Irvine
Trust, UK. Not to be reproduced without permission.
if the climber is right?
We went to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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