Marking from an early English oxygen
bottles we found in 2004 ©EverestNews.com
Wish list: One 1924 oxygen cylinder from the upper section
of the Great Couloir or from the summit ridge.
After studying the Great Couloir there seems little chance
that anything dropped into the Great Couloir would stay there very long, over
time it would move down the mountain and wind up in a moraine at the base
of the Rongbuk; conventional wisdom and gravity say this is so.
However, some feel that George, like other early climbers
would have left items as markers. A marker being an object left behind so
others would know that the climber had been there. Eric Simonson has shared with
EverestNews.com that he feels the oxygen bottle he found in 1991 was probably
left as a marker by George (or Sandy).
To that question, where are the other markers, if they went
up the normal route that many have assumed? Of course there are other options
on routes that George might have taken. Assuming the weather allows, climbers
we are supporting will be checking some of those alternative routes this year,
looking for George's help in solving the mystery.
With our kindest regards and thanks, The Staff at
We return to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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