mallory and irvine
Catalogue number NE 0.09
This edition of 500 is an account of Mallory and Irvine and their incredible and harsh climb and accidental deaths on Mt Everest dressed only in tweed
jackets layers of woolly jumpers and pockets full of Kendal mint cake. Were they the first to reach the summit? Had the accident occurred on the
upward or downward climb? These hard cold electronic oscillating tones will draw no conclusions.
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Had the accident occurred on the upward or the downward climb? If Odell was right in claiming to have seen them moving up the ridge, and at a
greater height than that at which the axe was found, the accident could only have taken place on the way back-i.e. while the pair were climbing
downward. But had Odell really seen them? Doubts arose when the story was told of the optical illusion experienced by Eric Shipton on the day of
the attempt made by Wyn Harris and Wager. Shipton was on his way back to camp 6, and had almost arrived when Smythe, moving up behind him, heard
him shout, Wyn Harris and Wager are at the second step! There was good reason for excitement, for if the other team crossed that particular
obstacle there would be nothing further to stop them from reaching the top. They could quite clearly see the two black dots on the snow covered
slope at the foot of the second step. They watched the black dots carefully; Smythe and Shipton then realized the dots were rocks sticking up out
of the ice. This kind of optical illusion is frequent in the mountains, and many a climber has been deceived in the same way, could it not be
that Odellís eyes too, had deceived him? It was remembered that he thought he had seen Mallory and Irvine through a break in the clouds, and
only for a moment or two. It had seemed that the climbers were moving up at a good pace: the fact that the difficulty of that particular section
of the climb made fast climbing impossible. Odell said later that he was not sure if he had seen the first or the second step. If it was the
first, then Mallory and Irvine were incredibly late at this time, since at 1pm they were only reaching the point where Wyn Harris and Wager
had arrived at 7am, the latter party having started, admittedly, from a slightly greater height Most people tended favour the theory that the
accident had happened on the way down, because on sloping ground climbers are more likely to fall in the direction in which they are moving.
Were the two men on their way back from the summit?