• Short Summary

    Men in mountain area look at supply boxes near glacier; yaks wander around.

  • Description

    Everest Expedition (aka Mont Blanc (2), France). 1920s (?)

    Everest. Any information from someone who knows would be gratefully received.

    Scenic shots. Opens w/ GV plain w/ foothills - like low mountains - in BG; moving across the wide open space are big animals that really do look like yaks! They are wearing some sort of saddle bags.

    Then a real scenic vista; looking across a rocky valley w/ camp - people & yaks; the snow-covered mountain rising in BG. Closer shot herd; pile of rocks. Closer shot of a few of the animals in FG; w/ mountain in BG.

    MS men looking over a bunch of boxes scattered in area of the plain - air dropped supplies? (Possibly this is during First World War & supplies are being air dropped from planes.) Shot of tents at foot of carved glacier - giant hunk of ice. Then; DS down a very long and steep drop - shiny ice on side wall; etc. Finally a very scenic panorama - shot from one mountain; w/ dark side of it in FG; Mt. Blanc in BG; w/ white clouds behind.

    Note: footage is very light and poor quality in places.

    Amendment February 2012: A visitor to the website has provided some more information. This footage might include Edward Felix Norton.

    Amendment May 2015: A visitor to the site has provided us with some more information. The film starts with a sequence of pack animals crossing the Tibetan Plateau. The yaks then arrive at Rongbuk Base Camp, which is approximately 17,000 feet below the North face of Mount Everest. The stores and equipment are unloaded at Rongbuk Base Camp. The next footage of Camp 2 is amongst the ice pinnacles of the East Rongbuk Glacier.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:00:00 / 01:33:16:00
    ON 231 F

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