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Archie Siddiqui, 12, Investigates Everest History in Film

He got help from a number of in-the-know climbers like Leo Houlding and the BMC

This short film explores the mystery of whether Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and George Mallory summitted Everest. It was produced by Archie Price Siddiqui, 12, for a school project.

Irvine and Mallory were part of the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition. After two summit attempts in which Edward Norton set a world altitude record of 8,572 metres, Mallory and Irvine disappeared on the third attempt.

Their disappearance gave rise to the long-standing unanswered question of whether or not the pair climbed to the summit. Mallory’s body was found in 1999 at 8,155 m, but the resulting clues did not provide conclusive evidence as to whether the summit was reached.

The subject of Siddiqui’s project was Climbing Everest – The local connection to Mallory & Irvine. Siddiqui got some help from Julie Summers, Leo Houlding, Terry Abraham (videographer), the Mountain Heritage Trust, the BMC, the Alpine Club and Dave Hahn.

Everest Mystery