Title: "MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION. First pictures from Base Camp at Darjeeling - Watch PATHE GAZETTE for ... this great adventure".
Panning shot of the expedition - a few white explorers and fifty or so Nepalese guides / porters.
Intertitle: "At the limit yaks can go; the stores have to be carried by Porters to the second - or 'Frozen Lake Camp' on the Rongbuk Glacier (19,500 feet)".
M/S of Nepalese men sitting outside tents, mountains are in the background.
Intertitle: "'The issue will shortly be decided. The third time we walk up East Rongbuk Glacier will be the last, for better or worse ... We expect no mercy from Everest.' (Extract from Mr. Mallory's last dispatch who with Mr. Irvine was killed when in sight of victory)".
Intertitle: "General Bruce, having fallen sick, Mr. Norton appointed Leader for the great task".
M/S of a group of men, white and Nepalese, standing outside a tent, one by one they walk off frame.
Note: part of the opening title is obscured by the timecode. AH 2000.
Note: this is one of three versions of the story - MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION - all are in G 1078. The other versions have better shots of the individual explorers and scenic shots of the mountains. AH 2000.
Amendment May 2015: A visitor to the site has informed us that the explorers shown include General Charles Granville Bruce, Colonel Edward Norton, George Mallory, Howard Somervell, Geoffrey Bruce and Captain John Noel (official photographer of the 1924 Everest Expedition.)