last surviving member from Mallory and Irvine's 1924 ill-fated
expedition to climb Mt Everest, Ang Tshering, has passed away
at his home on May 22nd in Darjeeling. He suffered a stroke 3
weeks ago and never regained consciousness. He was cremated
yesterday - May 24th. Born in Solu Khumbu, Ang's first
climbing job was as a high-altitude porter for the 1924
British expedition when he was only twenty years old. He
carried loads to the higher camps, but it seems unlikely that
he went as far as Camp 6 since his name doesn't appear on a
note found on Mallory's body that lists the names of four
other Sherpas. On the morning of Mallory and Irvine's summit
attempt, Ang waited at a camp below the North Col and
nervously watched as the clouds rolled in and obscured the
mountain from view. When they never returned, Ang was
convinced that the weather prevented Mallory and Irvine from
reaching the top.
Ang had a long and distinguished climbing career, actively
participating in major Himalayan expeditions until the age of
69 when his last job was as a guide on an Indian expedition.
In 1934 he was a member of the disastrous German attempt on
Nanga Parbat, a trip that ended with the deaths of three
German climbers and six Sherpas in terrible weather
conditions. Ang himself went nine days without food, and was
finally able to struggle down the mountain to get help. After
surviving the expedition, Ang Tshering was hospitalized for
several months while recovering from his injuries and
frostbite. For his heroic efforts, he was awarded the German
Red Cross medal, personally signed by Adolf Hitler.
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
See more here.