I'm sitting with my laptop amidst a whirlwind of tents coming down, like
balloons deflating after a festive party. The wind adds to the atmosphere,
blowing in from all directions, as yak herders stand holding bells for barter
while watching our frenzied packing. Forty-eight yaks lie in the gray sand
facing the wind in each direction. A Chinese truck arrives, ready to be
filled with the gear that has kept us here for two months.
Last night, 48 yaks carried over 6,000 pounds of our gear down from Advance Base Camp. What was once a small sea of orange
tents is now gray moraine, just jagged rocks and ice for the remaining expeditions
to trip over on their way to the North Col.
We are all thankful that Conrad Anker
and Dave Hahn
returned safely from their summit attempt, with the help of
and Tap Richards,
who met them on their way down from the summit at the top of the
at 7:45 p.m. with oxygen, tea, water and food.
Andy Politz and
who went out on a search attempt from Camp VI were fruitless in finding Andrew
Irvine or the camera.
But their search took them past George Mallory again. "We spent about an
hour and a half at the site, finishing what we were unable to finish on
the first visit. Primarily, we were looking for the camera with the aid
of the metal detector," said Pollard today while packing his duffel.
We will hold a press conference at the Yak and Yeti hotel in Kathmandu on
the morning of May 25 to describe the findings of the expedition for the
media. At that time, some artifacts will be displayed both at the press
conference and on this Web site. Check back early next week to see what
was found with Mallory.