By George Manley – Expedition 8848 Artist
Everest Historical Moments Series
In 1922 the first full expedition to climb Everest was undertaken, arriving before the monsoon, with superior food, but still with inadequate clothing and equipment. Although the food supplies were greatly improved, famously and to the disappointment of everyone, much of it froze solid, including the tins of spaghetti.
In spite of the intense cold, bad clothing and frozen spaghetti, helped along with hot tea and oxygen bottles George Finch (Australian), Geoffrey Bruce (British) and Teibir Bura (Nepal) reached the highest point that any human had ever achieved of 8230m/27,300ft.
This was celebrated as a great success back in Britain, two years later during the 1924 winter Olympics in France, all the team members were awarded the Olympic Gold Medal. But because many of the team awarded these medals had left on 1924 expedition to Everest, Edward Strutt accepted the medal on their behalf and at the closing ceremony, Strutt pledged that these Gold medals would be taken on the next expedition to the summit of Everest.
Because of this disastrous and fateful 1924 expedition, his pledge faded away, until 2010 when this pledge was rediscovered by a Kenton Cool an experienced Himalayan mountaineer.
Kenton Cool obtained permission and to the delight of the descendants of the 1922 Everest team, he fulfilled this pledge and took the Olympic Gold Medal to the summit of Everest, the same year Britain hosted the 2012 London Olympics and exactly 90 years but one day after the three 1922 Everest team members reached 8230m/27,300ft.