In July 2001, the Mallory artefacts, recovered by the 1999 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition, arrived at the National Mountaineering Exhibition.
It took nearly 3 years of intensive scientific analysis (including scanning electron microscopy and microphotography, spectrometry, X ray spectroscopy) and detective work, to transform the rags brought back from Everest into testable replicas.
The research revealed:
The complete set of garments was field tested on Everest, by Graham Hoyland, the great nephew of Howard Somervell, in April 2006. He confirmed that the replicated garments indeed formed a sophisticated, effective and comfortable clothing system which "was perfectly adequate for a summit bid."
On Wednesday 3rd October Graham Hoyland, the great-nephew of 1920s Everest mountaineer Howard Somervell, will give a talk at the Royal Geographical Society about the clothing worn by the 1924 expedition and what clues they give as to whether Mallory and Irvine reached the summit.
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