Sandy Irvine, (member of
the Oxford University winning Boat Race crew) 1923 © The Sandy Irvine
Trust, UK. Not to be reproduced without permission.
EverestNews.com talked with Everest Summiter Graham Hoyland
last week. Graham is planning to return once again in the hunt for the answer.
Graham, like many, believe that at least George summited Everest. In hopes to
find others to help him, he is looking for possible climbers to play the roles
of Mallory and Irvine wearing the old style clothes to attempt the mountain.
He hopes to have the expedition together by 2012. If interested Graham in
helping Graham would love to talk with you.
Graham, the great nephew of
legendary climber Howard Somervell. Somervell and Mallory were dear friends
and one-time climbing partners. They crossed paths on Everest in June 1924, as
Mallory and Irvine were making their ill fated attempt at the Summit of
Everest. As the story goes, Somervell lent Mallory his Kodak camera in hopes
that Mallory and Irvine would succeed in obtaining the Summit. Mallory and
Irvine disappeared into the clouds above camp 6 never to be seen alive again.
Somervell's camera became a tantalizing clue to one of the enduring mysteries
on our age. Did Mallory or Irvine actually reach the Summit of Everest ?
Graham explained that as a
young boy he nurtured an obsession with ascending Everest and finding
Somervell's camera, which might still have retrievable images. Graham became a
mountaineer and a BBC producer.
Graham still hopes that he
could be the 16th or 17th climber from the UK to reach the Summit of Everest
rather than the 15th.
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