Did extreme weather help in Mallory & Irvine’s desappearance?
George Mallory & Andrew Irvine have been in the news quite a bit lately, from Conrad Anker's new film The Wildest Dream to David Breashears' remaking of some early Everest images for the Rivers of Ice exhibition.
And, they popped up again this weekend when Professor G.W.K Moore of the Physics Department at the University of Toronto released his findings from studying a forgotten weather record from the 1924 expedition.
He concluded that the storm reported by Noel Odell during Mallory & Irvine's summit attempt created a barometric pressure drop of 18 millibars at basecamp, indicating a storm of unique ferocity. (Moore compares this to a similar, well-documented storm on Everest: The 1996 storm of Into Thin Air fame recorded a pressure drop of only 8 millibars.)
Could this storm have "caused" the disappearance and death of Mallory & Irvine? Well, it certainly wouldn't have helped their cause at all. Moore's findings, while interested, sadly don't prove anything, but add more interesting material to the growing database of Mallory & Irvine information.
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