April 22, 2012

The siren song of Everest

Conrad Anker plans to try the West Ridge - unclimbed for 50 years because, well, it's insane.

I've been talking with my sons about Mallory and Irvine, explained to them that they'd found Mallory in 1999, but Irvine is still missing.

#1 son proposed the following theory:  Irvine was a German infilatrator, sent to wreck the expedition.  He killed Mallory, then made good his escape, and that's why no one has ever found him.

It was such a good theory, I didn't have the heart to tell him the Chinese probably found Irvine a long time ago.


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