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May 06, 2010


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"Mt. Everest is asking for trouble, and some day you will hear a different story than I can tell you tonight". - GLM. Harvard, 1923

piles disease

What drives men to go to great lengths like climb the highest peak when the dangers are greater than the chances of success?

Gopinath Das

My salute to Mallory & co. who laid the path for coming generation to achieve what took their life!

Support Squad

Hiking and putting your feet to the top of tha tallest mountain in the Mt. Everest is a dream come true. I wonder what is the feeling of it.

Neil Rowson

Very interesting and enjoyable reading. Your approach of trying to view the problem through the mind of a climber of that era (eg an inclination to stay on ridges) is clearly the right one. If you read some of the old guidebook descriptions of routes in North Wales, the English Lake District and the European Alps, you regularly come across references to "combined tactics", so it is reasonable to assume that to use Irvine as a couple of points of aid would have been perfectly natural to Mallory.
In the days of tricouni nails an no helmets it cannot have been very comfortable for the climbed upon climber!

Tom Doyle

Interesting theory about Mallory standing on Irvine's shoulders to reach the top of the Second Step. The problem is that when Odell allegedly saw the duo climb the Second Step they did not use such a technique.

c white

It looks as though the obsession man has with "conquering" Mt. Everest ~ is turning what was a beautiful mountain into a dumping ground. How sad.

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