EVEREST EXPEDITIONS, 1924 and 1938
Noel E. ODELL (1890-1987). A two-piece olive 'Grenfell cloth' windproof overall suit by Howard Flint Ltd.: a parka with fur edged cuffs and hood, and a pair of trousers with integral button braces, [circa 1936], the parka label inscribed by Odell N.E.Odell, Esq April,29.1936, the trousers inscribed N.E.O.
A brass pocket compass by W.Watson & Sons Ltd., [circa 1924], 5.4cm. diameter, with engraved inscription on upper cover Noel E. Odell Everest, 1924 A tribute from W.H.[enry] L.[ewin] 25.12.24, contained within original calf case, with gilt initials N.E.O.
A white metal circular combined thermometer, compass, altimeter and barometer, [?circa 1924], 4.7cm. diameter, contained within cloth carrying bag.
Professor Noel Odell took part in two very different Everest expeditions in 1924 and 1938, to quote his grandson: his 'achievements are well documented in Norton's "The Fight for Everest 1924" with a description of NEO's last sighting of Mallory and Irvine and his subsequent search for his two lost companions taking him twice to 27,000ft. In 1936 he made the 1st ascent of Nanda Devi with Bill Tilman (described in Tilman's book "The Ascent of Nanda Devi"), a 25,640ft peak [in India] that was to remain the highest mountain yet climbed for 14 years. The windproof suit must have been so efficient that he used it again on Everest 1938 when he reached 25,000ft.' (4)