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2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition
and Irvines summit attempt on Mt. Everest remains
one of mountaineerings greatest mysteries.On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Andrew
Irvine were last seen high on the Northeast Ridge.On May 1, 1999 the remains of George Mallory
were found, but many questions remain unanswered
today. What happened to these climbers?Did they perish before, or
after, reaching the summit?Were they actually the first team to summit the
worlds highest mountain?
2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition team
will continue the work begun in 1999 by conducting
further historical research. The 2001 team will
retrace Mallory and Irvines footsteps on Everest.Along the route climbers will attempt to locate
and document artifacts of the early attemptstents,
oxygen cylinders, diaries, cameras, etc.in order to
reconstruct the events of the early climbs. The team
will investigate the 1924 camps and the snow terraces
where Mallorys body was discovered. Using metal
detectors and subsurface imaging techniques, they will
search for additional clues to the missing climbers
and their cameras.
2001 Expedition Team
2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Team will depart
from home on March 4, 2001. Returning to the mountain
are 1999 expedition leader Eric Simonson and climbing
team members Dave Hahn, Jake Norton, Andy Politz and
Tap Richards. New to the search team in 2001 will be
veteran Himalayan climbers Brent Okita and John Race.
The climbers will again be joined by team historians
Jochen Hemmleb and Larry Johnson as well as expedition
doctor Lee Meyers.
Expedition will receive essential equipment and
sponsorship support from: Eureka!,
Lowe Alpine Systems, Vasque Outdoor Footwear, International
Mountain Guides, AFFIMER.