In reply to Thegypsy:
There was an unconfirmed sighting of a body, as well as the discovery of possibly his ice axe. The sighting is unconfirmed because bfore any more information was given, the Chinese climber who found him died. As for speculating as to the cause/ circumstances of death, no doubt he died an awful death at a young age, but the details are completely unknown. There is definitely no evidence of a stitch up. To do the extensive modifications of the oxygen apparatus Irvine was obviously pretty keen, and he was known for living pretty dangerously (just look at his not-so-private life)so it is unlikely he took too much persuading to have a crack at everest!
I don't see how you can assert that Mallory stitched Irvine up. Nobody has any idea of what really happened up there. Also, the body has never been found and the Chinese may have been mistaken or simply making things up.
In reply to Darren Jackson: Irvine was 22 and there was older and more expirenced and better climbers mallory could of picked from the team.He pick irvine for the oxy equipment not for his merits as a mountaineer.I find that selfish on mallorys part.
In reply to Strachan: Its documented why he picked irvine.Also it was his last chance of the summit.He was too old to be picked to lead again.I just think if the guy he took had expireance on the mountain he might of been able to get down on his own.I think irvine was too young and inexpireanced.
In reply to Thegypsy:
must of, could of, might of ? Have, not of. Have is abbreviated to 've. Therefore must've, could've, might've.
And Toni Kurz.....
Mallory & Irving ? I understand the rope still around George's body showed evidence of having snapped/separated in the final fall. The only way that might've happened was with Sandy belaying him. Therefore it is ridiculous to suggest" bet he wasnt so up for it when mallory left with the rope,and the mature mans confidence."(sic)
The possible sighting of Sandy's body in 1975 by the Chinese climber Wang Hongbao would have been located above the position of where George's body was found. (ref. Jochen Hemmleb et al.)
Quite agree, when I and some friends organised an expedition and went to the Hindu Kush overland and had a highly pleasant and successful time most of us were just 21, at 22 Irving, who like most on that expedition were probably far more exceptional than we were can't be considered as "too young"!