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October 27, 2008

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Phil Summers

Dear Jake,

Thank you very much for airing this thoughtful and illuminating discourse on your experiences.
I for one found it informatve and one senses the profundity the Mallory find has had on you which you've articulated in a way that speaks to us well.

You've bought across the sense of scale up there and I wonder when mentioning the blue Chinese
cylinders whether one only sees them when one is actually looking for them, or whether the mind doesn't register their presence on a 'normal day' even though the eye swifts across their presence.
I think of all the climbers who have passed up there and looked across at the Mallory basin, perhaps seen him, but didn't register his presence or significance.
Odd how the mind 'changes channels' to specific needs.

I think back to my own introduction to Everest when I was 10 years old at school in Deloraine,Australia finding at the back of the classroom in a box, an old forgotten childrens book printed in England and full of stories of British derring-do
including a short summary of the Mallory & Irvine story.
I can still recall the tantalising ending of not knowing their fate.
Funny how over the years, the matter keeps popping up in my life just when I least expect it until today when....(well enough of that).
Thanks for airing this poignant discourse Jake, including your background context. Like myself you sound like a bit of a 'bower bird' as we say in Australia- a collector
of nondescript trifles, (as Jon Pertwee who played Dr Who was one described by one of his colleagues).

Hope you're well,

Phil

DSD

Hi Jake,
You know, I actually find myself holding my breath, as I read what you have written about this experience... What an amazing discovery and mystery... I appreciate your especially respectful way of appproaching this.
I do so love the concept as well of 'standing upon the shoulders of giants'...
DSD

Colin

Very nicely written. I can almost feel the wind in my face!

Colin
Mount Everest The British Story
www.everest1953.co.uk

dawn baker

Jake,

I am substituting for Dawn Baker act Pinecreek high school. The seniors are currently reading about Everest. Could you email her and communicate about your adventures.

Thanks,

Joel Azrikan,
makketing director
Colorado PTA

dawn baker

Jake,

I am substituting for Dawn Baker act Pinecreek high school. The seniors are currently reading about Everest. Could you email her and communicate about your adventures.

Thanks,

Joel Azrikan,
makketing director
Colorado PTA

mysterious(ngima)

great job man....keep it up..

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