|Irvine (left) and Mallory Vertebrate Publishing|
|mountaineer Mallory's death, June 09, 1924 Everest news|
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|George Mallory's June 1924 expedition to Mt. Everest. This Day in Quotes|
For the British nation, this expedition was the most important one to prove their supremacy in adventurism and new frontier exploration. To their dismay, they had already lost the race to the North and South poles. For Mallory and Irvine, every thing went off well as planned until they reached step rock - an area with obstacles on the 8th of June. Both Mallory and Irvine were the sighted on Mount Everest, only a few hundred meters away from the summit. A member of the team Noel Oddell around early afternoon saw two tiny black spots silhouetted on the snow-clad slope near the rock step. The second black spot was trying to join the first and was slowly moving. All of a sudden, patches of cloud moved in and the vision vanished like the willow-the-wisp. The cloud cover had not cleared and nothing was visible. Mallory and Irvine never returned to the base camp. On June 9 it was confirmed that both of them were found missing somewhere near the North Ridge. On June 21, 1924, The Times of London published a telegraph from another team member announcing their death. It said only, “Mallory and Irvine killed on last attempt". For 75 years his fate was not known until May 1, 1999 when Mallory's body was discovered by an expedition. Irvine's body has not been found.
01. Johnson, American Mountain climber and Hemmleb, 26 year old German geologist and expert in Himalayan geology and Mt. Everest became partners for the purpose of finding the bodies of Mallory and Irvine. Their commercial expedition was privately funded and eventually the team members found the body of Mallory on 1 May 1999.
02. George Mallory carried a photograph of his wife and wanted to leave at the summit. When his body was discovered, the photograph was missing. Could it have been left at the summit by George?
04. Several spent oxygen cylinders point out that it was likely that he reached the summit and the mishap could have happened while descending.
05. About 2,000ft below the summit of Mount Everest Mallory's body was discovered face-down in the snow with a shock of hair sticking out of his leather-flapped helmet.
06. Apparently his right-leg was broken badly; however, his face with eyes closed and chin covered with gentle whiskers was well preserved. so, he had taken a fall.
07. A broken rope was tied around him, and there was a large hole in his cheekbone.
08. Since the discovery in 1999, many expeditions have tried to locate the camera carried by Mallory and his climbing partner Andy Irvine. There is no trace of either of the two Vest Pocket Kodak (VPK) cameras Mallory carried with him. So far the attempts have been unsuccessful. His cameras are the only clue that will unravel all the mystery about his death and his assault on Mt. Everest.
09. Irvine’s ice axe was found above, but his body has never been located. It suggests that he too had a bad fall and he plummeted all the way down the North Face.
|The body of George Mallory died on June 09, 1924 near the summit of Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest|
|George MalloryJune 18, 1886 – June 9, 1924. Quotes.|
"He, who is to be hanged, shall never be drowned"(Tempest).
George Mallory, being a maverick adventurist, never wanted to use bottled oxygen at very high altitude unless it was necessary. As far as he was concerned, the spirit of adventurism and fun in mountaineering is lost on such expedition when bottled oxygen is used. Further, it is a way of testing one's body tolerance vis-a-vis oxygen intake at high altitude. On one of his early expeditions, he reached the record height (record then!) of 26,980 ft (8,225 m) without oxygen and at higher level he and his partner managed with thin air available. Near the summit, oxygen cylinder is a must and later he began to use oxygen at higher elevation. His partner in June 1924 expedition was Sandy Irvine because he was good with the oxygen apparatus.
In the absence of camera that Mallory carried, the speculation is still in the blind alley. Many climbers are looking for Irvine's body for the clue. But many people believe his body should be let to rest in the lap of the mountain.
Mallory was a great mountain climber whose name is synonymous with the history of Everest regardless of the contentious issue whether he had made the summit before the mishap, etc. The jigsaw puzzle is not yet solved but, one fact is borne out of the disappearance of Mallory and Irvine, that is descending from the roof of the world - eerie Mt. Everest is as risky as making an assault on the summit. The future successful summiters have to be extra careful while descending the unfriendly mountainous slopes.
Toiling under conditions of extreme adversity and unfriendly, harsh weather, Mallory and his team set a high standard of paradigm for future Everest explorationists that would not be matched for decades,