Q&A Autumn 2005 Part 1
Canada and keep up the great work in unraveling the M&I mystery. I look
forward to your updates every day and have the following four questions for
many locations are there between the 2nd step and the summit that would allow
descent into the couloir?
A. EverestNews.com: It depends on how you count "locations". This is
not like a route, path, in a park. There are logical places where you would descend,
but it is a large area. He could of went this way or that way to get to the
couloir, so we guess the answer is many. You might want to look at the
various pictures we have posted over the years above the Third Step to get a
better understanding. The above picture might help some.
Continued: That is, how many places would offer Mallory a return via the
couloir if he would decide the summit was out of reach once he climbed the 2nd
A. EverestNews.com: We do not believe it is at all logical
that George with the summit clearly in sight, would turn and descend the couloir
without touching the top. The naysayers will surely use this argument forever,
but you can always find those kind of people in life. It is not in any way
logical, that any man or woman would turn around at that point.
Q. Is the
location where Mallory’s body was found on a likely route back to their
A. EverestNews.com: Only if one is descending the Couloir, in
so, how likely is it (given the location of where the body was found), that
Mallory was on his way back to tent/camp (i.e. as opposed to heading elsewhere
or happening upon that place by mistake)?
A. EverestNews.com: That is our theory, that he was headed
back from the Couloir, and others feel the
have suggested that Irvine’s body is no longer located at/near the location of
the sightings. In your opinion, is this the result of human intervention, or
A. EverestNews.com: Mother Nature, we hope.
have made mention of Mallory’s ice axe being found. Can you please clarify for
me if this is referring to the same axe found in 1933 and believed to belong
to Irvine, or are you referring to a different axe at a different location
A. EverestNews.com: Xu Jing stated, they found a body and
the ice axe next to the body of Mallory in 1975. We had 3 different
translators check the tape, that all agreed that is what Xu Jing said.
Therefore, this is clearly a different ice axe than that found in 1933.
is the probability that Sandy will be found?
A. EverestNews.com: The Chinese claim his body has already
been found. They also claim to have found George. We believe them. Our
question is: Did George summit? We have moved on from the location
Q. What happens if Sandy is
found and there is still no camera?
A. EverestNews.com: We are not at all focusing on the camera.
As we covered before, there is no proof they even carried one.
Q. What happens if the camera
is found, and the developed pictures prove that Sandy and George were, in
fact, the first to stand on the Roof of the World?
A. EverestNews.com: Well time will tell... But
Sherpa were still first in many ways and both carried the titles very well.
Q. Or, if it proves that they
never reached the summit?
A. EverestNews.com: If Sandy did not summit, and Sandy had a
camera, which no one knows if he did, then it would not have a summit photo in
it. Therefore, if our theory is correct, any camera that Sandy carried, if
existing, would prove nothing concerning if they summited because it would not
have a summit photo.
Q. If Sandy is found, will
there be pictures taken of his body?
A. EverestNews.com: That is up to the climbers. For example,
this year we
understand only one picture was taken of the torso. If most cases last
year, only 1 or 2 pictures were taken of the various bodies found. However,
some were "filmed".
Q. How long do you think it will take to study the film from
A. EverestNews.com: It is coming long. We expect it will be
completed in 4-6 months. The film is again revealing objects that it would be
nice to study. Trash or treasure? As one of our friends said, you need to
touch it to tell.
Q. Hello from Germany! I like
to get your opinion about the following two points: 1) Do the observation from
Odell correspond to the climb of the real second step; following the ridge? 2)
From the position of the bodys of Mallory and Irvine it seems unlikely that
Irvine have climbed the second step. When Odell saw two points climbing a
prominent rock step do you think it is possible that the second point wasn't
Irvine but Mallory's oxygen rack which he pulled up after he has climbed that
step? Please go on with your reports at everestnews.com. I look for news there
nearly every day! You make a great job!
A. EverestNews.com: Our opinion on Odell is: we don't know what
he saw or where he saw it.
all the hype on unclimbed routes up and down Everest, why has the north ridge
route up the true 2nd step never been attempted?
A. EverestNews.com: It appears 99% of the climbers prefer
the normal route based on their actions. One does wonder, after the fact that we now have over 2500
summits of Everest, if the demand to Summit the Normal route will continue.
Hi from jolly old England, Just to say well done for all
the effort everyone has made to solve this intriguing mystery. Was any
(however vague the evidence) thing found to suggest M & I got above the second
step? this year. Do you think that the body or parts could have been Irvine?
too early to know. However, objects in the film are showing up that might be
just trash or clues. Impossible to judge without picking them up.
"Picking them up" in these
location above the Third Step will take climbers willing to take the risk of
unhooking from the ropes and taking risks beyond the normal.
We are currently taking
the position of not trying to identifying body parts.
We returned to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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