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90 years ago today on #Everest: Teddy Norton and Howard Somervell, accompanied by three porters, Norbu Yishe, Lhakpa Chede, and Semchumbi (who were also strong climbers), climbed up the North Ridge of #Everest. They were climbing without oxygen, and by midday had passed their 1922 oxygenless high point. A few hours later, Semchumbi – slowed by an injured leg – could go no further, so Norton picked out a suitable Camp VI site at about 26,600 feet in “a narrow cleft in the rocks facing north and affording the suggestion – it was little more – of some protection from the northwest wind”. 77 years later, Brent Okita and I followed their footsteps up the Ridge as part of the 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition with @internationalmountainguides. We were hoping to rediscover the 1924 high camp. At the top of this photo are two prominent gendarmes we thought were a possibility, and sure enough when we got there I found an old, wooden ten pole buried in the rubble. Brent and I went on to find several other items, including Teddy Norton’s sock, likely left behind in the morning after it was soaked by a leaking thermos flask. For those who know the story, note the view of the Northeast Ridge; this is not far from where Noel #Odell made his famous final sighting of Mallory and Irvine on June 8, 1924…pretty tough to get the Steps confused from this vantage point! #malloryandirvine #everesthistory

Instagram Photo Caption: 90 years ago today on #Everest: Teddy Norton and Howard Somervell, accompanied by three porters, Norbu Yishe, Lhakpa Chede, and Semchumbi (who were also strong climbers), climbed up the North Ridge of #Everest. They were climbing without oxygen, and by midday had passed their 1922 oxygenless high point. A few hours later, Semchumbi – slowed by an injured leg – could go no further, so Norton picked out a suitable Camp VI site at about 26,600 feet in “a narrow cleft in the rocks facing north and affording the suggestion – it was little more – of some protection from the northwest wind”. 77 years later, Brent Okita and I followed their footsteps up the Ridge as part of the 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition with @internationalmountainguides. We were hoping to rediscover the 1924 high camp. At the top of this photo are two prominent gendarmes we thought were a possibility, and sure enough when we got there I found an old, wooden ten pole buried in the rubble. Brent and I went on to find several other items, including Teddy Norton’s sock, likely left behind in the morning after it was soaked by a leaking thermos flask.

For those who know the story, note the view of the Northeast Ridge; this is not far from where Noel #Odell made his famous final sighting of Mallory and Irvine on June 8, 1924…pretty tough to get the Steps confused from this vantage point! #malloryandirvine #everesthistory

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