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  Everest 2005: Mallory and Irvine The Final Chapter: Filming the mountain


One of our favorite pictures: a climber up high getting ready to go for it in 2004 ©EverestNews.com

In 2005 EverestNews.com supported several world-class climbers who attempted to find evidence that George Mallory was above the Second Step of Everest.  All climbers were independent. The risks they took was high. They travelled off the beaten path, investigated possible Mallory routes and searched areas of the mountain that have not been searched before. They found more bodies and more artifacts/trash. They took many photos and much film. It was a needle in a haystack hunt as we knew it would be.

They did not get to attempt to climb the real Second Step, but they did film it and state they believe it is very possible to climb it. The climber who had hoped to attempt the Couloir found the weather conditions too dangerous and did not attempt the route. We have many pictures and film to study. Many more we hope the climbers will send in over time...

Over the last 2 years many items have been found in person and many items have been found on film. It would be great to someday try to "pick up" the items found on film. Most of the 2005 pictures and film have not been studied at all since the expedition. We expect it will take several months to copy and review. Time will tell if the 2005 film will reveal more items that needs collected.

In 2005, we concentrated on finding/filming evidence above the Second and Third Steps. As we studied the evidence from 2004, we realized that any evidence found below the Second Step will not solve the mystery of whether or not Sandy or George Summited, with the exception of the multiple cameras that various parties claim they might of had. Therefore, we believe we needed to focus on high on the mountain. We continued our survey of Everest with high definition cameras. Much work to be done in the coming months.

Marking from an early English oxygen bottles we found in 2004 ©EverestNews.com

We returned to Mount Everest in search of an answer.

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