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August 02, 2010


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Mount Everest

Like you say Jake, Professor G.W.K Moore article does not really prove anything, but its always interesting to read theories from others on this subject.

Mount Everest The British Story


Interesting, that would have effectively raised the height of Everest beyond 30,000 feet. I've seen calculations that if even a small low pressure system moved in during an oxygenless winter ascent, that would be enough to incapacitate anyone.

Jake Norton

Yeah, Clyde, pretty wild. Definitely would put the summit possibilities in the "slim to none" category if the data is correct. My only big question is about where the storm and reading occurred. Sounds like it was taken at BC, and given how localized the storm systems can be on Everest it would be hard to extrapolate that the pressure change at BC would have been the same some 11,000 feet higher. Could have been far worse, or better.

But, it's all interesting nonetheless.

Jake Norton

Hi Colin,

Thanks for your note. Yes, nothing proved, but more fodder for the theory pile for sure!

Pete Poston

Hi Jake,
Doesn't this make it even more likely that Mallory had frostbite? I know none was reported by you and others, but wouldn't the color changes to his hands after death have obscured signs of frostbite?

Jake Norton

Hi Pete,
Yeah, I think it would make it more likely that Mallory got at least some frostbite. Hard to imagine how he could not have gotten any, even in good weather. But, who knows? The King County Coroner, as I recall, said it would be hard to tell post-mortem if any frostbite had occurred, just like you note. Lots of mysteries!

Hope all's well, Pete,


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