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Mystery surrounds disappearance of bodies on Mount Everest

By T.K. Randall
June 5, 2024 · Comment icon 6 comments
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What happened to the bodies ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Luca Galuzzi
Questions have been raised over the vanishing of the bodies of two prominent British explorers from the mountain.
Everest - officially the highest mountain above sea level - needs no introduction.

These days, thousands of people flock to the Himalayas every year for a chance to reach the summit, but 100 years ago, reaching the top of Mount Everest was a feat that had never been accomplished and something to be attempted only by the most elite and foolhardy of the world's climbers.

George Mallory and Andrew Irvine were two such climbers.

In 1924, the pair had set off in an attempt to reach the top, but never returned. To this day, it is unclear whether they actually did reach the summit - a feat that would have meant that they, not Edmund Hillary who is credited with summiting in 1953, actually made it there first.

Now, another mystery has also presented itself - what happened to their bodies ?

Mallory's remains were discovered on the mountain in 1999 and there was a reasonable belief that Irvine's had also been found in the same area, but then several years later, successive climbers making their way to the summit realized that neither of their bodies seemed to be there any more.

"Irvine's body is almost certainly no longer up there," said climber Jamie McGuinness.
"We gave it a good search with drones, and we spotted several other bodies, so we know we weren't missing anything of the right size."

Other climbers also agree with this assessment.

"We had GPS co-ordinates for where the body was," said mountain guide Mark Synnott.

"I feel if Mallory's body was still there, we would have seen it."

"It doesn't make any sense. Why remove the body?"

So what could have happened to the bodies of the two men ? Did the local authorities recover the remains and take them away or could there be another explanation ?

The search for answers continues.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 2 months ago
Why do you want to climb Everest, he was asked endlessly. On one occasion he snapped back: “Because it’s there.” Fascinating story.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Bavarian Raven 1 month ago
There's a neat channel on youtube, forget the name sadly, that believe they tried to go around the yellow band (the last real obstacle) instead of climbing it. He's an experienced climber/historian, and makes a very compelling case for it - that if they did go the alternate route (why would they attempt the route the previous party had said was impossible?) they very well might have made the summit. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 7 days ago
There are gruesome people who'll pay for such grisly trophies. Its sick, but its a fact it happens.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 6 days ago
Have seen news about Mallory corpse being buried in a rock kiln after been found ??? It's not a body they have to find, He's buried...
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 days ago
There was an article a few weeks ago posted by some officials , claiming they start a new project of removing the bodies with the help of local sheria guides. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 days ago
Every few years, groups of climbers embark on missions to remove bodies from Mount Everest and other peaks above 8,000 meters. These expeditions are arduous and sometimes deadly. This year, the Nepali Army is sending a crew of 12 recovery specialists up Mount Everest to bring down five bodies located high on the peak. On April 14, the team reached Everest Base Camp to start the job.

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