Q. Is the oxygen bottle [you] found up there one [from] the
1924 expedition? This should be easy to determine since Simonson has one
A. EverestNews.com: The bottle is clearly not the same size
as that of the bottles shown in the pictures of the 1924 expedition,
meaning, of course the size of the bottle that Simonson's expedition found.
However, it is still very unclear if other-size (s) oxygen bottles were bought
that year. Today, we do not know what year our bottle is from, except to say
it is very safe to say the bottle is certainly from the 1920's or 1930's.
Concerning the Mallory and Irvine expedition, I have two sets of questions. One concerns the historical significance of your findings; the other involves
the actual retrieval expedition.
1) (a) Does it appear almost
irrefutable (except to die-hard skeptics) that the oxygen tank validates at
least one of the pair cleared the infamous 2nd step?
A. EverestNews.com: Irrefutable on Everest! Who is to say,
as Tom Holzel has theorized, that someone else could have carried it to where
we found it? The same actually could therefore be said about the bottle that
Simonson found. How can you prove how any object got anywhere? Irrefutable
evidence is hard to find on Everest. We do believe that bottles don't roll up
hill on Everest. But Irrefutable, few things on Everest are...
Is there other corroborating
EverestNews.com: Other evidence, but none proven to be
at this time. There is still much more evidence to look at, much more
studying, before we conclude if things
corroborate or not.
What is your feeling about the underlying intention, and effect on your
expedition, of the cut ropes?
A. EverestNews.com: [Not a M&I Question] We could speculate
on intention but we won't. The effect on our expedition was that it was a real
pain in the butt. Our guys were going down with full loads, and the ropes were
cut or gone. We tried to get our guys to dump our loads, which means the
artifacts would have been left on Everest, but our guys fixed ropes while
down-climbing with full loads... Don't try that at home!
What can be done about the number of ill-prepared climbers who require,
sometimes heroic, assistance of one or more experienced climbers.
A. EverestNews.com: Well it is a free world and anyone can
go to Everest if they paid the fee. We believe in the "free world conception",
and not a system where someone determines who can and who can't go. What is
interesting is that on Everest, sometimes the "ill-prepared" climbers summit,
sometimes they die; sometimes the strong and prepared die, sometimes the
strong summit. Many climbers require "assistance" every year; most are
assisted by Sherpas, whom you rarely hear a word about their rescues,
occasionally of famous and strong climbers. Some expeditions do not even
release the names of the Sherpas... So there is more going on than is
released... Don't believe everything you read.
take it this means you won't publish a post on the last topic you brought up,
i.e. "what if the climbers are right?"
That will come…. But it
seems best to answer the Q&A we can now. On this public Q&A, O.K? Our theory
will be published hopefully within the next few weeks.
I'm a bit confused about the
oxygen bottle you found. Does it definitely seem to be from the 1920's
or 1930's, or is there question about that?
Based on the crude mechanics and stamped markings, the oxygen bottle we found
is from the
1920's or 1930's. We
believe it is very safe to conclude that.
There has been some rather heated debate that Wang actually found Mallory (not
Irvine) during his ‘hike’ from camp. Does your new knowledge of the location
of Irvine’s body in relationship to the old Chinese camp help solve this
Tom Holzel, certainly believes that Wang found Mallory. The location of the
"old dead" climber, if Sandy, would support Tom's theory that Wang found
Mallory. But, again, there is not irrefutable evidence of who Wang found,
therefore the debate will continue.
In your team’s opinion, would it have been easier for Wang to have found
Mallory or Irvine?
A. EverestNews.com: Clearly Mallory's
body is much closer to stated tent site of Wang and Mallory's body was located
in a much safer and lower area of the mountain as compared to the
If we assume that the Oxygen
Cylinder that your team found belonged to Irvine, wouldn’t it lend credence to
the theory that Mallory and Irvine turned back well before making the summit?
Thank you for all you have done.
you assume the Oxygen Cylinder that our team found belonged to Irvine
(which has NOT been proven one way or he other at this point), then
in our opinion it would lend credence to the theory that Sandy Irvine did not
surmount the second step of Mt Everest, and either turned back or waited for
We went to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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