Q. Is it possible from Noel Odell's position, that he saw
Mallory & Irvine climbing up somewhere near the ridge but actually a little
lower than the ridge? Perhaps somewhere in between the First and Second Step?
A. EverestNews.com: In the great Odell debate, everyone has an
opinion. We have chosen not to study it, therefore we don't really have an opinion.
However, we think many are confused about how climbers climb the "Second
Step," or what the "Second Step" really is. As you can see in the picture
below from our 2004 expedition, the "Second Step is high up on the ridge above
the climbers, the climbers actually climb the face of the mountain around the
second step. This area is called the "Second Step". More confused? We hope not.
The above picture is a partial ZOOM Frame of
film from an area below the second step. ©EverestNews.com
EverestNews.com: Continued: It is not known if Mallory and
Irvine were on the ridge and if George and Sandy attempted the "true second
step" or if they dropped down from the ridge after crossing the First Step to
take the route that today's climbers do. As you can see, climbers today do not
go over the "true second step" on the ridge, but rather climb an open book up
to the NE Ridge.
Q. Is there any chance at all now of finding Sandy Irvine or
the camera if he fell with the snow slab above 8400 meters ?
A. EverestNews.com: Our climbers believe he would have
fallen all the way down. However, it is not impossible that his
body might have stopped.
Q. [Where] Does the fall line end from the estimated snow slab site?
EverestNews.com: Our climbers estimate 6300 meters at the head of the Rongbuk
Glacier. The heavy snow that accumulates in that bowl means he would have been
deeply buried and carried down by the glacier. At the standard flow, his body
might have traveled as far as the opening to the East Rongbuk Glacier.
Q. I am guessing that if this occurred that it would be too
dangerous of an area to search and the camera and film would have been
destroyed in a long fall.
A. EverestNews.com: Nothing on that face is too dangerous
for the right climbers with he right equipment in the right conditions. We are
sure that should we release the location, or if the family ever releases the
location, numerous searches would occur down the fall line, that seems
What is not certain, is whether or not the camera would have
been destroyed. If we compare the relatively short fall of WU, the Chinese
climber, one would quickly determine, that Sandy's body and the equipment
would have been destroyed. However, there are few bodies, if any, to compare
this possible fall with. When we compare with modern climbers deaths, in most
cases we see climbers who only fell a few feet. Based on these climbers
injuries again, we would determine Sandy's body would have been completely
shattered had it fallen that far.
However, a search for the camera would result based on the
possibility that the camera would have been lost on
the way down.
Q. Why there is so little information about the 1924
cylinders? What happened to them?
A. EverestNews.com: We would love to know! We are trying to
bits and pieces, but things are going slow. Maybe in a few months we can
update you with new information.
We hope to break the code of these marking with the help of
our friends, however we will see. We have a very long way to go. There appears
to be much to learn here, for example, could other members have bought their
own oxygen on their expedition?
Q. Reading the story of Mallory's life, it's obvious he was
a heck of a climber. What is behind the thinking that Mallory lacked the
talent to conquer the 2nd step? Conrad conquered it in about the same amount
of time as in Odell's observations.
A. EverestNews.com: Who was better Hank or the Babe?
Seriously, it is very hard to know. However in a few weeks we hope to publish our
theory. "Our Theory", is that George Mallory summited Mt Everest. So maybe he
had the talent.
Q. Is your search over?
A. EverestNews.com: We honestly and sincerely hope so. However at least two of our private team members seem to have
caught the "fever",
causing them to want to go back. Let's hope it passes.
We can tell you this; if we do back no one will know about
after we return.
Q. If not, are you setting up a place where people like me
A. EverestNews.com: We spent thousands of dollars on the
expedition, but we are not looking for checks from our readers to recover that
money. Support for those who supported our expedition would be very
appreciated, see here for our sponsors of the
expedition. Your support is appreciated.
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