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March 15, 2011


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Chris Shiver

Hi Jake - interesting perspective. My thoughts - for what it's worth, is - given the greater amount of snow seen in the Mallory and 1930's expeditions pictures, couldn't a snow pack have filled in the 2nd step some (or a lot) and made it much easier to climb? Anyway - hope all is well. Love living vicariously through your adventures. Let's catch up some time. Chris Shiver

Jake Norton

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Hey Chris, Great to hear from you! It's been a long time! I think you're right that if the snowpack was higher in '24, then that could have helped even more. Interesting questions to ponder. Let's definitely catch up sometime. Where are you these days? Living and adventuring, I'm sure, and up to great things! Namaste, Jake 

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JH Monier

Very nice pictures indeed
A small edit, its "courte échelle" not achelle

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Your article makes interesting reading Jake. Lets hope one day that the 'Mallory & Irvine Mystery' will be solved.

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David A.

If Mallory was as gifted and fearless as he is made out to be, esp. with determination, I think he could have done anything modern climbers could do. There may be evidence in his broken watch if he wedged his hand in one of the crevices at the Second Step.. The apparent time of the broken watch arms seems to match up with the likely time of climbing the Second Step.

But the strongest argument that they did summit is a photograph taken from O'dell's position where he originally thought M & I were quickly climbing a step before the final pyramid. I think anyone who sees this picture and perspective of the three steps will realize it had to have been the Third Step M&I were ascending. If so, the only thing that would have stopped them from reaching the summit was the two hr. snowstorm. How severe that was at their elevation is unknown and it is also possible it occurred lower than the Third Step. My question is how did they descend? I don't think they went back down via the Second Step.

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