In 1975, a successful summit was claimed by the cartier Santos 100 Chronograph watches Chinesewhen the ladder on the Second Step was installed.Tibet was closed to foreigners from 1950 to 1980 preventing anyfurther attempts until a Japanese team summited in 1980 via theHornbein Couloir on the North Face. The north side started to attractmore climbers in the mid 1990s and today is almost as popular as theSouth side.But it is who summited first that dominates Everest folklore. Was itMallory and Irvin in 1924, or Tenzing and Hillary as we know in 1953.Some even speculate it was British climber,
Maurice Wilson in 1933With the mystery dominating Everest gossip for almost a century,teams have looked in vain for positive proof of a 1924 summit. cartier Tank Americaine watches Therehave been valiant efforts throughout the years.In 1933, Irvines wooden ice axe was found in the fall line of theclimbers last known route. A Chinese porter reported seeing an anenglish dead in 1960 but there were no pictures.Then in 1999, a team led by IMG founder Eric Simonson conducted aserious search.
Conrad Anker found Mallorys body on the north sidebelow the Chinese reported location. Neither Irvines body nor thecamera was located. Simonson returned in 2001 to look for the camera,without success. It was the classic needle in the cartier Tank Francaise watches haystack searchcomplicated by snow cover.While the discovery of Mallorys body created excitement throughout theclimbing world, it did not provide any evidence of a summit. In fact itjust fueled the speculation.Now a decade later, technology has given a boost to the search.Everest Historian Tom Holzel, who conducted a thwarted search expedition in 1986, took a new approach.