1924 Everest Expedition - George Leigh Mallory (1886-1924) and Andrew Comyn Irvine (1902-1924)
The Climber's Note-Book. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1906, signed by Noel ODELL and containing autograph notes on the oxygen equipment, signals, equipment and distances, made during the course of the 1924 Everest Expedition, in pencil, INCLUDING THE SIGNALS AGREED WITH J. DE VERE HAZARD ON 9 JUNE AT CAMP IV AS ODELL PREPARED TO RETURN TO CAMPS V AND VI IN SEARCH OF MALLORY AND IRVINE, and notes in pen and pencil from European mountaineering expeditions, 1920-25, approximately 20 pages, 9.1 x 5.2cm., in autograph.
A RELIC OF ODELL'S HEROIC SOLO CLIMB TO ALMOST 28,000 FEET IN SEARCH OF MALLORY AND IRVINE IN THE TWO DAYS AFTER THEY DISAPPEARED ON EVEREST
On the morning of 8 June 1924, as Mallory and Irvine were setting out for the summit from Camp VI, Noel Odell was at Camp V, 2,000 feet lower down the mountain. Odell spent the morning looking at rock specimens, and it was at 12.50pm, from a crag at 26,000 feet, that he caught the last human glimpse of Mallory and Irvine, 'going strong' up what was probably the Second Step. After climbing as far as Camp VI, where he deposited some provisions and a compass for the climbers on their return, Odell retraced his steps to Camp IV for the night. It was here the following morning, when no sign of life could be observed at Camps V and VI, that Odell agreed with Hazard and noted in the present notebook a series of signals, both for daytime and after dark, with the hours in which they were to be looked for. It was on 10 June, after a second solo climb in worsening conditions well beyond the deserted Camp VI, that Odell used Mallory and Irvine's sleeping bags to mark a letter T on a snow-slope, the agreed signal for 'No trace can be found'.