Hard at work Sept 8 in a hotel garden in Katmandu, Nepal, Sir Edmund Hillary checked stores and supplies for his latest expedition into the Himalayas.
Hard at work Sept 8 in a hotel garden in Katmandu, Nepal, Sir Edmund Hillary checked stores and supplies for his latest expedition into the Himalayas. A fleet of aircraft transported all the team's needs from Patna across the Indian border. Sir Edmund - who conquered Mount Everest with Sherpa Tenzing in 1953, - will work on physiological research, and his team of "guinea pigs" hope to solve the problems of life at high altitudes.
Seven of the 20-man team will remain at 20,000 feet for a nine month period in special plywood huts. It is thought that their reactions will aid physiologist in solving problems that face the first man to travel in space. Captain Thomas Nevison of the US Air Force is a member of the party. He has been working on America's "Project Mercury" space research programme.
In April, Sir Edmund will lead an assault on Makalu peak 27,790 ft, without using oxygen. Attached to the climbers will be an electronic telemeter to record brain waves, blood and body temperatures and blood pressure. A sidelight of the expedition, which has aroused world-wide attention, is the hunt for a Yeti - or "Abominable Snowman". The creature has only been seen by sherpas and have never been caught. The beam will carry air guns capable of firing hypodermic needles, darts filled with a tranquillizer drug, in the hope that they can capture one for further study.
Eight of the expedition are doctors, and one a zoologist. The party includes American, British and New Zealand mountaineers. Lady Hillary and the wives of four other members of the team will accompany Sir Edmund to the slopes of Makalu. She intends to lead the women up the mountain but will not go beyond 13,500 ft.