We have received hundreds of e-mails on the
Mallory and Irvine Story. Many are
very interesting. We think you will enjoy many of them. Note we cannot answer
all the e-mail/questions, but you will see a few comments below...
Looking down on the way up... ©EverestNews.com
Reader's Letter: Hi EverestNews.com, Have you or Thom Pollard given any
thought to the possibility that maybe GM's skull injury occurred after he had
fallen and was dead...maybe weeks after? Is the place of injury on his head
exposed to the mountain in a manner that this could have happened? I can't see
a person, on the side of a mountain, at that altitude, being hit by a rock
flying down "100 mph?+++" and yet be able to arrest his fall with arms and
fingers stretched out and then being able to cover a broken leg in a
Thom Pollard has a theory that he has shared with us. He plans to share with
you once he gets time to write it down...
To your question, it depends if you believe
George died face down as he was found, or sitting up..... Which was it? There
does not appear to be an agreement. Our "gut" thinking is that George most
probably died as he was found, face down.
Reader's Letter continued: Furthermore, I believe that the position that
GM was in when found lends itself towards the idea that Mallory and Irvine had
separated long before the fall. Had George fallen while with Sandy, and had
the fall been a relatively short fall as most seem to believe, I think that,
knowing what I've learned of Irvine's character, Sandy would have made his way
down towards the fallen George. If this were the case, I believe that George
wouldn't have been found sprawled, out clinging to the mountain, face down. He
might have been on his back or curled up as if someone had rolled him over to
check his wounds. His position indicates to me that he fell with no one around
to look for him or rescue him.
Keep up the great work. I
check in every day to see if you have posted any updates.
Reader's Letter: Hello, wonderful reporting, the readers letters are
so interesting, covering all types of questions & answers.
I am wondering of the
earlier question of the picture of Ruth Mallory, that has been reported of
George Mallory carrying with him. " Has there been any more evidence of
where the picture might be now ?" Again, wonderful historical readings!!!
No one has found the picture to date, while this could suggest George
summited, we must also point out it is not certain that George did take that
photo with him. We agree, the readers letter's are very
Reader's Letter: Thanks for all the great detective work up to this point. In time I'm sure Sandy will
be found, lets hope along with the camera.
My personal theory is, that
George made it alone after shedding the useless oxygen apparatus, Sandy was
unable to keep up and waited below the 2nd step for George to return.
Unfortunately, they were benighted and perished separately. This I feel is the
reason Sandy will be found further east, since he was endeavoring to reach
camp VI and shelter. Please what are your thoughts on this line of reasoning.
1. We are not sure Sandy body's found will ever be found.
2. Your line of reasoning is possible; but
if those who have seen 'old dead' bodies are correct Sandy died much higher up
on the mountain.
Reader's Letter: Do you have plans to continue the search for Mallory's
We expect to work with a team of several climbers who will return to the
mountain. However, details are far from final. EverestNews.com does not expect
to "lead" in these future expeditions, but just support climbers who continue
the quest. Any climbers EverestNews.com supports will be required to sign a
written agreement holding them to similar ethical standards.
That is our current thinking, let's see how it develops. We
do see some reasons to return which we will talk about in the future.
Reader's Letter: If he did take the couloir route could the oxygen mask
and ice ax be somewhere along that route?
Yes. The question is: if Mallory's oxygen equipment was found high up in the
couloir would that be enough evidence to support a "summit"? What do you
Reader's Letter: I'm not a climber, but have followed with great interest
the exploits of Mallory and Irvine, and your great coverage.
Would it be possible, as you
suggested, that Irvine helped Mallory at the second step, and then Mallory,
with his rope, helped hoist/pull Irvine up with him? Thanks and keep up the
Many things are *possible*, it has not been proven
either way at this point…. It seems most logical to us that Sandy did not go
up; it appears he died below the Second Step.
Who were the oxygen bottles supplied by in 20's?
Our understanding is the 1922 bottles were supplied by Metallic Seamless Tube Company
of which there is a representation at the Alpine Club and the 1924 Cylinders
supplied by Armstrong Whitworth. We are NOT oxygen experts and have found
little time to dig into this. There are several questions we would like to see
answered. You asked right?
What were these bottles really made for: meaning were these
bottles made for the military, industry, or medical purposes? Were all bottles
the same size or was there variations? Details on the 1930's bottles markings? Take an
"open and clear mind and start from zero"; dig in the archives of London
and find out the real story of the Everest oxygen. This is something
all the readers could work on.
For example in 1938: Is it as simple as there were 2 oxygen sizes in 1938 and all
bottles of the same capacity the same size and shape? Were there multiple lots of varying
shape and variations? To our limited knowledge on oxygen bottles, the known sample size of
1938 bottles is 2, both in China now. Those bottles, we are told have no
markings on the neck. If true, did all the 38 bottles have no markings? Or
were some marked and others not marked?
Did others in 1924 bring oxygen to the mountain as has
been suggested? Was this oxygen a different kind or the same?
We have many bits and pieces, but no clear answers. Much work
to be done in our opinion.
Could the body see in 1960 by the Chinese be that of Wilson and
It is our understanding that the Chinese buried Wilson at around ABC. This is
in Chinese published reports.
Wilson’s body has
been found several times…
Reader's Letter continued: If Mallory did summit and
did travel down the North Col could Irvine's body be somewhere along that
return path? Thanks again for all the accounts and I am looking forward to
your next release of information.
Of course, many things are possible and few things are proven today. However,
for your theory to be true, the eyewitness accounts of the dead bodies
up high must be false. We don't think the eyewitness accounts are
false. The evidence to date, points to Sandy dying up high on Everest.
In your theory you say that no
one would have intentionally left his ice axe where the one believed to be
Sandy Irvine's was found. Is it at all possible that Sandy Irvine in fact did
intentionally leave the ice ax as a sort of "marker" when he decided to head
down without Mallory. The "marker" might have been a sign to Mallory as to
where Sandy had been and that he had headed down, or a "trail marker" for
either? Or, could Sandy Irvine have left it there as proof as to where they
had been for others to find?
Our opinion is: No.
Reader's Letter continued: I, too, was convinced that Mallory and Irvine
did not summit until I read your theory. I believe Mallory very well may have
summited. What still amazes me is the clothing, and in particular, boots and
socks they were wearing and how they could have withstood the cold with what
they had on. Thank you for the work you have done on this project and your
dedication to maintaining integrity.
Thanks for all the e-mails and support. Feel free to submit your comments to
and thank you
for your support.
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