Hazard, Mallory, Beetham and Irvine
aboard SS California, Liverpool 29th February 1924, en route for
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John Hazard was a strong Alpine climber who was invited to join the 1924 Third
British Expedition on the recommendation of Maj. Henry T. Morshead. Morshead
was a member of the 1922 British expedition and Hazard’s commander on the
Somme in World War I.
He was a sapper (military
engineer) in the Indian army and therefore brought some needed general
engineering skills to the expedition. Hazard had a good record of climbing in
Britain and the Alps. He founded several good routes in Britain’s Lake
District with the likes of pioneers F. Botterill and F. E. Roberts.
Hazard garnered some controversy during and after the
expedition. He was criticized (almost certainly unfairly) for “leaving” four
porters stranded on the North Col, who were subsequently rescued by Norton,
Mallory and Somervell. Following the expedition he performed some unauthorized
survey work along the Zangbo River. This upset the Tibetans and contributed to
a ban on Everest expeditions for nine years.
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