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New Mount Everest Expedition

Nature volume 130, page 428 (17 September 1932) | Download Citation



A NEW attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest will be made in 1933. The announcement of the expedition, which appeared in the Times of Sept. 3, is made by Admiral Sir William Goodenough and Brigadier-General C. G. Bruce on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club respectively. The last expedition was in 1924, when Mr. G. L. Mallory and Mr. A. C. Irvine lost their lives within some two hundred feet of the summit, if they did not actually reach the top. On the same expedition, Col. E. F. Norton and Dr. T. H. Somervell climbed to 28,200 feet. The previous attempts were in 1922, when a height of 27,300 feet was reached, and in 1921, when the expedition was a reconnaissance of the routes. Since 1924 the difficulty in renewing the work has been due to the unwillingness of Tibet to grant permission. Now, however, the Dalai Lama has given consent to a British expedition and arrangements are in active progress. The leader of the expedition will be Mr. H. Ruttledge, late of the Indian Civil Service, who has had considerable experience of mountain climbing in the Himalayas. The office of the expedition will be at the house of the Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington, S.W.7, and the secretary is Mr. J. M. Scott, who was a member of the British Air Route Expedition to Greenland.

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