Simonson’s expedition plans an early arrival at
Everest base camp, before many of the other climbers
arrive. Will an unholy race to find Irvine result?
Will this white spot turn out to be Irvine or possibly
another climber or?
I just stress that we have made three basic requests
to Eric Simonson, and to any other expedition leader:
the body with respect
sensitivity to our family in choosing which
photos you release to the media
Sandy's possessions, many of which may be
personal, to our family.
would prefer that Sandy's body be left in peace; for
us Everest has always been his final resting place.
However we recognize the world wide interest in the
Mallory/Irvine story and are realistic about the fact
that we cannot seek to prevent those who wish to do so
from seeking for the answer.” John Irvine stated to
Should climbers look to solve
the mystery or let Sandy Irvine rest in peace?
climbers on Everest fall down the face or slip 3000
feet down the mountain except those who die in
avalanches. Most of the climbers who die on Everest,
especially those on the North side up high, simply run out
of gas (due to various reasons) and die on the route
or fall a few feet down the mountain and then appear
to be frozen in place and time for all to see year
after year (more when the snow fall is light as in
The climbers’ bodies are eaten away by birds
and who knows what else over time. In one case a
corpse was found near base camp on the south side
being eaten by dogs. Souvenir hunters have removed
other climbers’ body parts from the mountain.
Personal effects (artifacts) have also been removed
from the bodies over the years by souvenir hunters and
sometimes friends of the family. Approximately 62
climbers have died on the North side of Everest above
ABC, with 21 dieing in avalanches, leaving about 41
bodies up high on the North Side of Everest. Dead bodies on
Everest are not a pretty picture.
the Chinese climber, Wang Hang-boa told his story to
Ryoten Yoshimoro Hasegawa, a Japanese climber, neither
speaking the other’s language. Wang supposedly
scrawled the figures in the snow, and used his figures
to describe what he found. Wang died on the North Col
the day after he had “told” his story. The little
known evidence in the past is growing with the body of
Mallory discovered, and the body of Irvine most
probably to be found since it is known with reasonable
certainly that he did not die in an avalanche.
to do next?
is the hard question. Erin Simonson, stated to
EverestNews.com, "To be clear, finding the
remains of Andrew Irvine is NOT the goal of this
expedition. Recovery of a camera and images that
might definitively tell the story of Mallory &
Irvine's final day is the goal. The only reason this
team will go in search of Irvine is to attempt to
recover the camera and the truths it may hold.
Otherwise, there would be no reason whatsoever to seek
his final resting place. This expedition team has no
morbid fascination with the dead. They are only
willing to confront that grim reality high on Mt.
Everest in order to seek the truth, a truth that this
team believes the dead deserve to have known and would
want known to the world."
After looking at pictures and more new pictures
the last several days, it seems to us, there is no way
with a photo from a distance to have PROOF that any
body on Everest is Irvine's without looking at the
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