Can you summarize the finds from this year and
integrate them into the story?
There were finds from several different events.
Essentially, the importance of the finds are in their
location. Certainly, the items are a fascinating
insight into long ago climbs, times and a golden age.
The food labels are precious in their wording and art.
The quality of the workmanship and materials are
inspiring; back in a time when the human hand did most
of the work in production.
and Brent found a high camp of the 1933 expedition. No
M&I leads here, but for those of us who love the
style of Shipton and Tilman, to have touched gear ES
used is humbling in it’s simplicity and lightness.
Convenience was not a high priority. Weight and
simplicity are factors affecting whether the trip can
happen at all. Ultimate convenience is of little
importance in an item that gets little use. Better to
keep the pack weight down.
and Tilman were legendary in their willingness to
launch out on complex trips, having organized them on
the back of an envelope.
and 75 Chinese high camps were found. Great stuff, but
of little value in the mystery of M&I. This would
be from where Wong Hong Bao (?) would have started his
20 minute walk from, when he spotted Irvine in 1975.
ABC. Again, no value in the mystery, yet still
intriguing. Four oxygen bottles were found and I
believe some cans and batteries from the era.
Camp 6. Disappointingly sparse. One place we know
M&I spent some time.
mitten found up in the Yellow Band. Could this have
been Mallory or Irvine’s? It is a beautiful piece. I
believe the fabric, pattern and construction place it
as 1930’s or earlier. It is too classic and
traditional for 1980 when Tibet opened it’s borders
again. Prior to WW2, someone would use the Arctic
(Inuit) pattern. The fabric is odd- a little thin for
such an important layer as an overmitt, yet beautiful.
For these reasons, I believe it came from the 1924
trip. Several people were up that high, especially if
we allow the wind to blow a mitt uphill from highcamp.
I would think that by 1933, folks would realize how
exhausting the cold is up there and would be suitably