Everest Expedition Criticized

Family unhappy with plan to find Irvine

Aug 10, 2011
Outside Magazine

The British Broadcasting Company is taking criticism for a plan to locate the body of Andrew "Sandy" Irvine, one of two climbers who died in what some believe was Mount Evererst's first successful summit attempt in 1924. The BBC may document the project to find Irvine, who died with George Mallory near Everest's summit in the fall of 1924. The expedition is particularly interested in finding a camera that Irvine may have used to document successful summit bid. But an email sent to a potential sponsor from the expedition's leader, a 70-year-old American climber named Tom Holze, suggests that Holze's motives in organizing the venture are commercial, not historical. "We seek a single sponsor to reap the enormous worldwide publicity a controlled release of the sensational findings will create," Hozel wrote. Irving's great niece has called the plan a "blatant commercialization." Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay are credited with first summiting Everest nearly 30 years later, in 1953. Mallory's body was located in 1999.

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