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June 6, 1924: Today one of the greatest mysteries in the history of #exploration began on Mount #Everest. #Mallory and #Irvine began their final, fateful summit bid. Today they climbed from the relative peace and security of the North Col/Camp IV, up the sweeping, whale-backed North Ridge to Camp V at roughly 25,400 feet, assisted by a team of stalwart porters. This shot, from 2003, was taken of Jesse Rickert just above the Col. Camp V in 1924 was about 1/4 up the rock from the top of the snow and to the left, leeward side of the ridge. Amazing be there in a down suit, and all the high tech gear we have today and imagine them climbing the she terrain in wool and tweed. #everesthistory #malloryandirvine #1924 #todayinhistory

June 6, 1924: Today one of the greatest mysteries in the history of #exploration began on Mount #Everest. #Mallory and #Irvine began their final, fateful summit bid. Today they climbed from the relative peace and security of the North Col/Camp IV, up the sweeping, whale-backed North Ridge to Camp V at roughly 25,400 feet, assisted by a team of stalwart porters.

This shot, from 2003, was taken of Jesse Rickert just above the Col. Camp V in 1924 was about 1/4 up the rock from the top of the snow and to the left, leeward side of the ridge. Amazing be there in a down suit, and all the high tech gear we have today and imagine them climbing the she terrain in wool and tweed. #everesthistory #malloryandirvine #1924 #todayinhistory

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Photo of Teddy Norton climbing across the North Face of Everest on June 4, 1924, during his record-setting attempt on the summit. Photo by Howard Somervell.

Everest 1924: Norton & Somervell’s Record Attempt

It was not exactly difficult going, but it was a dangerous place for a single unroped climber, as one slip …

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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

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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90 years ago today George Mallory and Geoffrey Bruce were engaged in the first summit attempt of the 1924 #Everest Expedition. Racked by high winds, cold, and trouble with their Nepali support team, Mallory and Bruce aborted their attempt near this spot between Camp V and Camp VI. They returned that day to Camp IV at the North Col, passing Norton and Somervell who were just beginning their historic summit attempt. In 2001 I retraced the 1924 route up the North Ridge to Camp VI with Brent On its, and we managed to rediscover that high camp that Norton and Somervell established. Amazing to climb in their direct footsteps and see the aesthetic of the original route – much nicer, although more challenging, than today’s route that deviates from the ridge to follow the path of least resistance onto the North Face. #malloryandirvine #Everest1924 #Mallory #irvine #lostoneverest

90 years ago today George Mallory and Geoffrey Bruce were engaged in the first summit attempt of the 1924 #Everest Expedition. Racked by high winds, cold, and trouble with their Nepali support team, Mallory and Bruce aborted their attempt near this spot between Camp V and Camp VI. They returned that day to Camp IV at the North Col, passing Norton and Somervell who were just beginning their historic summit attempt.
In 2001 I retraced the 1924 route up the North Ridge to Camp VI with Brent On its, and we managed to rediscover that high camp that Norton and Somervell established. Amazing to climb in their direct footsteps and see the aesthetic of the original route – much nicer, although more challenging, than today’s route that deviates from the ridge to follow the path of least resistance onto the North Face.
#malloryandirvine #Everest1924 #Mallory #irvine #lostoneverest

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Thinking of those lost on #Rainier, and their families and loved ones. Hoping for some positive outcome.

Thinking of those lost on #Rainier, and their families and loved ones. Hoping for some positive outcome.

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Visiting with some #elk friends on #Evergreen Lake this morning – they weren’t quite sure what I was and gave a good water chase moments later. #stand_up_paddle #maybetheyarewild

Visiting with some #elk friends on #Evergreen Lake this morning – they weren’t quite sure what I was and gave a good water chase moments later. #stand_up_paddle #maybetheyarewild

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One of the first major discoveries of the Mallory and Irvine story happened 81 years ago today. On May 30, 1933, Percy Wyn-Harris and Lawrence Wager were climbing toward the summit of #Everest on the Northeast Ridge. Not far from where this image was taken in 1999, #Wyn-Harris stopped to warm his feet and saw wood below him in the rubble of the upper Yellow Band. Looking closer, he found a wooden ice ax…No one had been here before except for Mallory and Irvine 9 years prior. He took the ax with him, and later it was identified as Irvine’s ax. Later that day, the two continued on toward the summit, following Norton’s route from 1924, and turning around at roughly the same spot in the Great Couloir at 28,100 feet. #malloryandirvine #everesthistory

One of the first major discoveries of the Mallory and Irvine story happened 81 years ago today. On May 30, 1933, Percy Wyn-Harris and Lawrence Wager were climbing toward the summit of #Everest on the Northeast Ridge. Not far from where this image was taken in 1999, #Wyn-Harris stopped to warm his feet and saw wood below him in the rubble of the upper Yellow Band. Looking closer, he found a wooden ice ax…No one had been here before except for Mallory and Irvine 9 years prior. He took the ax with him, and later it was identified as Irvine’s ax. Later that day, the two continued on toward the summit, following Norton’s route from 1924, and turning around at roughly the same spot in the Great Couloir at 28,100 feet. #malloryandirvine #everesthistory

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In Memoriam: Helen Ann Rhea, 1922-2014

On May 14, 2014, my godmother, Helen Ann Rhea, passed out of this world, ending a protracted, 7-year battle with …

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A nice run of remembrance…

A nice run of remembrance in Pere #Marquette Park this morning took me past the delicate beauty of spring along the #Mississippi. Beautiful drop of water on a spider web, gone moments after I took the photo…like life, beautiful, delicate yet strong, and inherently transient.

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Black browed #albatross on West…

Black browed #albatross on West Point Island, #Falkland Islands. Beautiful birds, I watched them coming and going for hours, makes and females reconnecting after months of separation, rubbing beaks and saying hello. Finally got the shot I wanted at the end of the day, #intimacy and #emotion in the animal kingdom. Yes, anthropomorphizing, but justifiably in this case. #nofilter #latergram

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