Beetham and Irvine aboard SS California, Liverpool
29th February 1924, en route for Darjeeling © The
Sandy Irvine Trust, UK. Not to be reproduced
Update 6/8/2004: Be careful what you ask
On May 27th 2004, our climbers found a
body above 8000 meters on the North Face of Everest. It would be hard to
imagine finding a body in worse shape. They described the
body as "headless", with severely broken bones. The chest area of the body was
heavily damaged. The body was not covered with stones when they found it
(i.e., it had not been buried by earlier climbers). The
body with broad shoulders was found with shoulders pointing downhill. Only one "leather boot" was found; its size was estimated around 9-10. Nothing was on
(no wristwatch, bracelet, etc.).
The climber wore handmade socks and had no gloves on. The hands were black and
bone. No harness of any kind was found on or near the body, nor any rope.
The body was given a
The climbers initially thought the body was Chinese based on
two letters written in blue ink inside the boot. However, the handwritten letters
inside the boot are written in English and
no other signs point to a Chinese climber so far. Our people who were on the mountain
believe the body is not Sandy Irvine. Unfortunately, the findings need to be
studied to determine who this climber is. The identity of this body is going
to be very hard to determine because of the condition of the body.
History, of course, tells us that only
2 climbers died above 8000
meters on Everest's
North Side: Sandy Irvine and Wu Tseng-Yue before 1985.
An old oxygen bottle was found above 8400 meters. The oxygen bottle is interesting, in that, if we assume the
details on the 1960 or 1975 Everest Chinese expeditions from
Everest are true, the bottle is not from those Chinese expeditions. This
bottle is clearly not a modern bottle, and the bottle is higher than others
went. So who could this bottle be from, or is history wrong??
Several other items were found in various locations, including at
least 4 other bodies above 8300 meters, some of which were just photographed
because of their locations. We are currently attempting to identify these
We currently have many more questions than answers.
Hopefully in the next several weeks we can sort out the details and attempt to
determine fact. In the meanwhile, we will tell the story of this year's
expedition from the beginning, so you can better understand what was
We went to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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