ITN interviewed our archivist, Mike Morrogh, who gave a brief but enlightening account of Old Salopian, Sir Robert Charles Evans (DB 1932-1937), who was Deputy Leader of Hillary's successful expedition in 1953 and made it within 300m of the summit himself. Mike was filmed in our Moser Library, looking through school photos of both Sir Charles, and of Sandy Irvine (S 1916-1921). Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine famously took part in the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition with George Mallory. Whether or not they reached the summit remains unknown.
We are very grateful to Mike, who interupted his holiday to come in to source photos for the piece, unaware that he would be televised!
The cameras then turned their attention to the room in Severn Hill which contains Everest memorabilia and Irvine's famous pick axe with the three notches, found at 27,700 feet by Wyn Harris during an expedition in 1933.
It was a great honour to be able to contribute to the Everest news stories yesterday and even more fitting as the piece began with an interview with Old Salopian, Dr Adam Booth (PH 1995-2000), who conquered the summit on 12th May 2013 (please see our separate news story for more about Adam's achievement).
We believe that Julian Thompson (SH 1989-94) was the first Old Salopian to be known to have summitted Everest in 2005, but several others have got very close too.
Please also see ITN's summary of their news bulletin.