As the time approached to leave for Everest, the hardest
part was-- when you break it down to its simplest form--that we were going to
look for a dead person. Therefore, we reviewed again with ourselves and the
Irvine family what we would and would not do. For example, we agreed with the
family that we would search the body, if found, for only one day. So if the
body was found early in the day, that would not be a problem, but if the body
was found at say, 6 pm, the body would need to be searched, buried and prayed
over in a short time. We agreed we would not return to the body.
We agreed with the Irvine family to attempt to keep the
location of Sandy Irvine's body secret if found. All of the climbers advising
us, told us it would be a miracle if we could pull that off. But we had a
plan, to try to accomplish the mission.
All climbers were required to sign an agreement that
included clauses giving them no rights to sell pictures of Sandy Irvine or
discuss the location or other important information. Let's face it, humans can
be humans; legal agreements were put into place to cover the unexpected in
case someone strayed. We attempted to learn from the 1999 expedition in which
picture rights and apparently book deals caused problems with the team
after the climb.
Getting to the Mountain
team was delayed getting to the mountain, the private team arrived on time.
However, no one was fixing the ropes up on the mountain. Therefore we, too,
would be delayed. However, as we had no plans to "search", we needed
little actual time up high. We had planned to "look" in 3 locations. While
some speculated wildly where we were going, the truth is no one knew where we
Next: Getting Served Notice/Timing of
We went to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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