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.
Reader's Letter: Gentlemen, Thank you for your continued research and
insight on the Mallory & Irvine mystery. It's been fascinating. What can we
look forward to in 2005? Will there be another expedition to the North Face?
All the best and have a happy and healthy Holiday.
Details. Nothing to announce for 2005 at this point. Tom West does plan on
returning in 2006. If anyone would like to support his return please let us
. While some
might return in secret, Tom West's return will surely be noticed. Therefore,
there is no sense in trying to keep his return secret.
Reader's Letter: I have enjoyed immensely your attempts to solve
this mystery and may be one day someone will find evidence north of the second
Reader's Letter: Dear My friends, Your trying for clarify about History of
Mallory & Irvine is very incredible and very honorable!!
I think when we can clarify
this matter with out any thinking about it and first of all, we should send
them our best respect & regards for their try to reach to the summit of
EVEREST. Best Regards
Reader's Letter: Hello again to EverestNews.com: First let me
preface this by saying that I feel it is extremely significant that the
picture of Mallory’s wife and the British Union Jack flag were not found on
Mallory’s body. If you take this detail and add it together with 1) Mallory
and Irvine had probably separated earlier in the day and 2) the relatively
good condition of Mallory’s body indicating a fall of a few meters instead of
a fall of hundreds of meters and 3) the injury to Mallory’s head which very
well may have caused his fall (rock fall) and 4) his goggles were tucked away
inside a pocket in his clothing (indicating lateness of descent) and 5) the
pack frame for carrying O2 bottles not being strapped to him indicating that
it had been jettisoned at some point higher up and 6) eyewitness accounts of
Irvine’s body much higher up near the ridge...............my thoughts are as
Mallory probably did separate
from Irvine at some point and continued on alone taking with him as many of
the O2 bottles as he could carry Remember here that according to Odell, the
pair was enveloped in a squall or afternoon storm at some point during the
climb and they disappeared into the mists. Since they were together at that
point (assuming Odell’s credibility of the sighting) then the separation
occurred sometime after that. That leaves Mallory a few hours to somehow gain
the ridge above the 2nd step or traverse the face and go through the Great
Couloir alone and make his solo summit bid. The summit area and ramps, and
likely ascent and descent routes into and out of the Great Couloir need to be
searched very carefully. The former for the picture and the flag and the
latter for the O2 pack frame. But there is one more twist. There is one spot
very near the summit that, when the visibility is very poor, has been mistaken
for the actual summit by modern climbers. The spot was described by a Russian
as ‘dropping away on all sides’ and assumed to be the top of the mountain with
the true summit out of view due to white-out conditions some dozens of meters
or so further to the Southwest. This area needs to be searched as well. If
Mallory got up there in low visibility and assumed he had summited, he would
have buried the flag and picture there and began his descent. In my opinion,
he either made the true summit or the false summit and left the things he had
promised everyone for 3 years to leave at the top. That these items were
missing from his belongings when found 75 years later is the most significant
evidence for me personally. Hopefully one of these items will be found
someday at or near the summit and settle the deal once and for all. I
personally don’t buy all this nonsense from Hillary that if you don’t make the
round trip it doesn’t count. If the guy managed to summit the mountain first
and died in the process, he still is the first guy to summit the
mountain...period. And if that is proven at some point then he should get the
credit for being the first and Hillary and Tenzing the second and third.
Here are a few
questions for you.....how possible in your opinion will it to be to find
anything so high up near or at the summit such as a buried picture or flag?
It is possible, but you would need the right men (and/or
right amount of oxygen and hopefully a day when few are going up. You would
need highly elite climbers who would go to do just that.
Reader's Letter: How much does the terrain change that high with the
passing seasons? Does the summit snow cover erode and increase and decrease
in depth over time? Has anyone ever endeavored to study the physical
topography of the summit area to gauge how it changes in depth and
appearance? And if a search team in the next few years does reach the summit
early enough in the day in good weather to conduct a thorough survey, what
will they actually do to find anything.....dig up the summit area or????? Is
there any technology in existence such as ground penetrating radar or other
devices that are light enough to be carried to the top which would allow a
search of the summit snow pack without digging? I know all of this sounds
ridiculous but they are legitimate questions in my view. I mean....sure you
can search the summit for a buried picture and flag but how exactly are you
going to conduct that search? Isn’t that stuff hard as rock below the shallow
A summit "dig". It would be interesting! All possible...
Yes the amount of snow changes...
It would need to be carefully planned with
all the climbers going up... Maybe in the Autumn...
Reader's Letter continued: As far as the O2 pack frame, if Mallory
did not tumble it over the brink then I am confident it will be found someday
up near the summit area or in the descent area along the sides of the Great
Finding his frame up high would be interesting... No signs of his frame or
oxygen bottles on what is referred to as the fall line or on the ledge below his (George's)
Reader's Letter continued: In the matter of the camera, I have sensed that
you are downplaying its existence in the first place in some of your
postings. If Mallory and Irvine separated along the way with Mallory
continuing upwards then it would not make much sense for Irvine to keep the
camera. My conclusion is that if the camera existed and was in Mallory’s
possession that it was probably lost during the fall forever.
Yes, we think it is time to move on
from the camera. One, after researching this, no one knows for sure that
there was a camera that day! Two, with much of the mountain searched, the
likelihood of finding Sandy's body and/or the camera is now very low. We
think it is time to look for “trace evidence.” From the oxygen frame, to the
pieces of their rope, there is a paper trail on Everest!
Reader's Letter continued: Great site and we have really enjoyed your
regular discussions. Please keep everybody informed as to your next proposed
trip to the mountain. Obviously I am consumed by the mystery! Thanks and be
Reader's Letter: Curious to know of any progress being made in examining
the photos and film clips?
We are making progress. There are some possible clues in the film, but yes
there are only so many hours in the day.
There are two objects that the film clearly
shows that our climbers did not see. Recall the climbers are at 8000 meter plus
and these cameras are high definition lens. (Men cannot see that good at sea
level.) One object is a piece of glass, shaped in a circle. We want that
piece of glass.
figured out what the second object is. It was a small object that was under
the oxygen bottle.
are other possible items. But we definitely would like to take a closer look
at those two.
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