Tom Holzel (insert) and a 1:5000-scale orthophoto of Mt. Everest north face. The green line marks the modern route which Mallory & Irvine are believed to have followed. A red circle marks where Irvines ice axe was found in 1933. The red X marks where Mallorys body was found in 1999. The yellow shaded area is in the Yellow Band of limestone strata where much of the searching for Irvine has taken place. © BSF Swissphoto AG, Zurich. Overlay by the author. (Click to enlarge).
Tom Holzel with the ultra-high (5000 dpi) resolution 435:1 scale image of Mt. Everests Yellow Band. On it a six-foot figure would be ½ cm in length. (Click to enlarge).
The Andrew Irvine Search Committees best guess of where Irvines body lies (lilac circle). It is the bowling pin object 80-ft below the Ice Axe Site and 265 yds east (left) of the peak of the First Step. The orange-shaded areas along Xus presumed descent path are the next most likely. The green line shows the standard route. (Click to enlarge).
The bowling pin object, looking exactly like a mummy sleeping bag with its feet facing uphill (i.e. Irvine's body), just as Xu described. The location is 80-ft. below the ice axe site and just grazing Xus presumed descent path (green line)in other words, a perfect match. © BSF Swiss Photo AG, Zurich.
The Search for Andrew Irvine: Q&A with Tom Holzel
Posted: Apr 21, 2009 04:17 pm EDT
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(MountEverest.net) "It's a big disappointment. But, as a historian, one is obliged to follow the facts no matter where they lead," Tom told ExWeb last year, after coming to the conclusion that Mallory and Irvine did not summit Mount Everest. To prove it though, Tom wants the two remaining clues to be found: Irvine and the camera. Using 'Occams Razor' Tom has since analyzed all the data available, extracting meaning from random facts. Following that and an investigation of high res image maps tweaked for true distance; last...
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