Q&A Autumn 2005 Part 4
EverestNews.com reader: What now?
A. EverestNews.com: That is an excellent question. It seems
to us that the "search" is clearly above the Second Step. We can find tons of
artifacts that might or might not be George or Sandy's but they clearly prove
nothing. We know they were on Everest.
The "search" above the Second Step is going to be harder
than we first expected. The number of climbers on Everest and the number of
climbers getting into trouble all real problems. How does one concentrate on
searching when you see climbers in trouble all over the place... All the
number of climbers slows everything down getting by them on the way up or
The other issue is, how long one can stay up high. While we
have climbers who can stay up there for 3-5 hours at a time. Basically , one
needs to "Summit" every time you search. Therefore, for a three day search you
have the effect of summiting 3 times.
Another issue, is that the ropes are going in later and
later. Everyone is waiting on others... All the summits are being pushed back
into a small window...
EverestNews.com reader: Plans for 2006?
A. EverestNews.com: Still very much up in the air. At most
it will be a very small team. We are also trying to support the Fantasy Ridge
expedition which plans to attempt the real Second Step if they get that far...
EverestNews.com reader: What does summiting the real Second Step prove?
A. EverestNews.com: It depends on what is found. As far as
we know it is virgin ground. Therfore, we would love to see that whole route
EverestNews.com reader: According to what I've
read, Simo's bottle was found about 90 meters below the first step. That is
A. EverestNews.com: Clearly important that Simo found a
bottle. It places them on the up way up... The location of where the bottle
was found is in doubt, as we understand it with various versions of where it
was actually found.
Q. EverestNews.com reader:
Thanks for the great story so far - I've been reading for
almost a year and it's still fascinating! Your theories are well-constructed
and I'm now a believer that Mallory could have summitted. I agree with your
focus in the coming months to concentrate on Mallory and finding evidence of
his climb above the Second Step. In determining where to search, is there a
way to focus the search by identifying what areas he possibly could have
covered (and left his air tanks and frame)? Given that he was alone, although
an accomplished climber, and had limited climbing equipment, aren't there a
limited number of routes and areas he could have been in? Your maps have been
helpful and I know the North Face covers a lot of ground, but is there a way
to narrow things down? Best of luck on the mountain this year!
A. EverestNews.com: It is a large area up there. Climbers
don't really go off the path... So much to explore. We got great footage this
year. There is much "trash" in various places. Who knows at this point who the
trash was left by...
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