EverestNews.Com Sponsoring New Search for Irvine's Camera on Everest

EverestNews.Com Sponsoring New Search for Irvine's Camera on Everest

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April 27th, 2004, 3:32 pm #1

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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May 15th, 2004, 2:24 pm #2

The news have arrived at last: The first summiteers of Mount Everest 2004 are Chilean Ernesto Olivares Miranda (Makalu), Andrónico Luksic Craig, Misael Alvial Cid (K2 and Aconcagua), Sherpa Alden, Sherpa Angi, Sherpa Rama, Sherpa Shulding, Kiko, and Brittish Annabelle Bond.




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May 17th, 2004, 4:05 pm #3

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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Now, 80 years after they were swallowed from view by gathering clouds, four expeditions are competing to find the body of Irvine, hoping it will finally reveal whether the two reached the summit 29 years before Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

All four are keeping a close eye on each other's progress while jealously guarding their own plans. Last week one of the teams, organised by American website http://EverestNews.com, said a mystery climber with a metal detector was spotted on the mountain. Others have been seen searching near where Mallory's body was found in 1999.

Almost 40 expeditions are now on Everest, among them film-maker Graham Hoyland, a member of the team that found Mallory. His great uncle, Howard Somervell, was on the 1924 expedition and gave Mallory a camera. No camera was found in 1999, and those searching for his climbing partner hope that it will be on Irvine's body.

Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine was 22 when he died. He had taken time off his degree course at Merton College, Oxford. Irvine was embroiled in an indiscreet affair with the wife of steel magnate Harry Summers, and the family hoped his ardour would have cooled by the time he came back. Mallory initially found him dull-witted. 'One to rely on,' he wrote to his wife, 'for everything except conversation.' But soon a strong friendship formed.

Everest historian Audrey Salkeld, part of the first expedition to look for the two climbers in 1986, believes Hoyland has a reasonable chance of finding Irvine, based on evidence from a Chinese expedition which reached the top in 1960, the first to do so on the route Mallory chose. 'One of their climbers described finding a body dressed like Irvine curled in a cleft.'

But the EverestNews.com expedition organiser George Martin says a sherpa claims to have found Irvine in a different location. 'We're going to go to this site and see whether or not it's Sandy,' said Martin.

'Everybody's got different information, different places to look and different theories,' said Colthurst.

Also searching on the mountain is Eric Simonson, from the US team which found Mallory. Mallory's body was found by chance when American climber Conrad Anker left the search zone on a whim and stumbled across it.

Simonson and his team have been criticised for returning to the body after holding a burial service, lifting it from the frozen rocks, and photographing the face. Thom Pollard's photographs, which remain unpublished, show the climber had a severe head injury, most probably the result of a short fall.

A small industry has mushroomed around the legend. Apart from books and documentaries, several films are being developed. One is rumoured to have a screenplay by Jeffrey Archer. Websites dedicated to the subject have attracted all kinds of conspiracy theorists.

Like all the best mysteries, enough is known to form an opinion but not enough to settle the controversy. Salkeld believes 'historians' need to be more rigorous. 'They're dreaming up theories and using a mish-mash of evidence. It's all too fuzzy and not logical. In the final analysis you've got to let the romance go.'

Colthurst says that any new evidence will help provide a more scientific approach.

Martin believes things have turned a little darker in the world of Everest history. Mallory's grave has become 'a curiosity' for climbers and receives regular visits. One American removed the jawbone from another body - that of Maurice Wilson, who disappeared on the mountain in 1935.

'He keeps it in his office,' Martin said. 'This Mallory thing does weird things to people. I hope it doesn't do that to me.'
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May 17th, 2004, 8:52 pm #4

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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KATHMANDU : Nepalese climber Appa Sherpa Sirdar, 43, of "Dream Everest Expedition 2004", broke his own record by climbing Mount Everest for a 14th time on Monday, the tourism ministry said.
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May 20th, 2004, 7:57 pm #5

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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May 21st, 2004, 1:55 pm #6

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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May 21st, 2004, 3:55 pm #7

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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A Nepalese Sherpa has broken the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest, scaling the world's highest mountain in 8 hours and 10 minutes.
Pemba Dorji Sherpa, 26, surpassed the previous record by more than two hours, reaching the summit at 2:10 a.m. local time on Friday (2015 GMT Thursday), officials said.
The previous record of 10 hours and 46 minutes was set last year by fellow Sherpa, Lakpa Gheylu.
Pemba and Lakpa had been competing against each other to chip away at the record.
Pemba set a new record in May 2003 with a time of 12 hours and 43 minutes but Lakpa beat that effort three days later.
The ascention record has been getting shorter and shorter thanks to climbers being allowed to use ropes and ladders put in place by other climbing teams.
Most climbers take two to three weeks to summit Mt. Everest because they must acclimatize to the lack of oxygen.
Pemba's record is a far cry from the more than seven weeks it took Sir Edmund Hilary and his climbing partner, the late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, to reach the summit from their base camp on May 29, 1953.

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May 24th, 2004, 3:01 pm #8

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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Update 24th May 2004:
Britton Keeshan is now the youngest person to have summited the 7summits!
He summited Everest on monday may 24th 2004, beating Atushi Yamada who with 23 years and 9 days was the youngest person so far to climb the Carstensz version, the Kosciuszko verion and the combined version!

Atushi is still the youngest for the Carstensz and combined version.

But Dan Lochner, who summited Everest on may 19 Dan Lochner, turned 22 on May 12th. He only needs to climb Vinson to become the youngest person to make the seven summits. But he's got to be quick and go for Vinson this year...

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May 25th, 2004, 8:33 pm #9

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- A 22-year-old Middlebury College student became the youngest person to climb the tallest peaks on the seven continents when he reached the top of Mount Everest on Monday.

Britton Keeshan, a native of Greenwich, Conn., arrived at the 29,035-foot summit shortly after 9 a.m. Nepal time. He was among 17 climbers, guides and sherpas in the Alpine Ascents International expedition to reach the summit Monday morning.Keeshan, who turned 22 in December, bettered the "Seven Summits" record of Japan's Atsushi Yamada, who was 23 years and nine months when he accomplished the feat two years ago.

Only 33 Americans and fewer than 100 people total have climbed the continents' highest points –

By then, Keeshan's record could be broken. Dan Lochner, who turned 22 this month, beat Keeshan to Everest's summit last week. Lochner intends to climb Vinson Massif, the only summit of the seven he has yet to reach, in November and could supplant Keeshan as the youngest to achieve the feat.
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May 25th, 2004, 8:37 pm #10

Armed with new evidence, a team sponsored by a US climbing web site, http://EverestNews.com, hopes to find Irvine’s body and the Kodak VPK camera, which the climbers are believed to have taken with them when they headed up the mountain on the morning of June 8, 1924.

George Martin, general manager of EverestNews.com, said the black-and-white film in the camera may have survived in the frigid conditions. “The experts believe that it’s very developable,” he told AFP in a telephone interview.

Martin said the team was searching for Irvine’s body on the basis of new information. “We came across what we feel is critical evidence over a year ago,” he said. “A climber came across a body not wearing a down suit.”

Mallory’s body — face down, arms outstretched clinging to the mountain — was found by members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 but they were unable to conclusively determine whether he or Irvine had reached the summit.

“Did someone summit before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? I think it’s possible that one if not both of them did,” he said. “It isn’t about us. It should be about the history of it all,” he said. “This should be about these two men. They were fearless. They gave their lives to it.” —AFP
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Everest claims third climber this season
Posted Tue, 25 May 2004

A 69-year-old US doctor has died after summiting Mount Everest, becoming the third climber to have been killed this season on the treacherous slopes of the world's highest peak.

"Nils Antezana (69) of the US and a doctor by profession, died on May 18 at an altitude of 8600 metres on his way back to base camp from the summit of Everest," the tourism ministry said in a statement.

Antezana had been one of four members of the International Everest Expedition Spring 2004 who had reached the summit, it said.

The team, led by Mexican Alejandro Ochoa, included two Sherpas and was permitted to scale Everest via the southeast ridge route.

The ministry did not say how did Antezana had died or why it had taken a week for his death to be announced.
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