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  Mallory and Irvine The Final Chapter: The rope was found wrapped around Mallory’s body


"Fragment of rope The rope was found wrapped around Mallory’s body. Note that the rope has been cut and not broken. This suggests that Mallory may have cut himself free – possibly from Irvine, or to release himself if the rope had jammed.”

Mallory's rope as shown at the British Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged. They show Mallory's rope with the sign stating the above.

This has caused people to wonder, So EverestNews.com asked Eric Simonson, leader of the Mallory and Irvine 1999 Research expedition. His reply, "The Mallory rope was cut by the 1999 team with a knife to get it off his body (it was tightly wrapped and frozen around it).  Later, we tried to compare the cut ends which had been cut by knife with the ends from 1924...to see if there was a difference.  It was inconclusive....we couldn't really tell one way or the other, if, for example if the 1924 end had been cut or broken in a fall.", Eric Simonson

When shown the above picture and sign Eric stated, "These guys are mistaken.  We cut the rope, not George Mallory!!"

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