Mini camp stove a reminder of Mt Everest tragedy
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 20th August, 2015
A mini camp stove especially adapted for extreme altitudes and weather conditions – and used in 1933 in the hunt for missing Mt Everest explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine – will be part of a special Steve Graham auction from 10am Sunday August 23 at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.
The stove, which may well be unique, was modified for use in high altitudes by Scottish climber Percy Unna.
Mallory and Irvine were part of an ill-fated 1924 British expedition to conquer the world’s tallest mountain.
Both perished near the summit in the attempt and speculation rages to the present day about whether or not they were successful.
Mallory’s perfectly preserved body was not discovered until 1999 when the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition – sponsored in part by the TV show Nova and the BBC – set out to search for the lost pair.
Despite the possible sighting of Irvine’s body in 1979 by Chinese climber Wang Hungbao (killed next day in an avalanche), his remains have never been recovered.
The auction contains rare 18th century coopers tools, antique beer barrels and wine casks, a Golden Fleece petrol bowser and oil collectables.
There also is a range of aero instruments, a large model ship, 1930s Department of Defence maps of Australian towns and cities, and World War I and II militaria.