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P.R. Oliver Everest Expedition

Amateur footage directed by Peter Oliver documenting the ‘Mount Everest Expedition 1938’, which was led by Bill Tilman.

Amateur film 1938 59 mins Silent


Amateur un-edited film from the ‘Mount Everest Expedition 1938’. Includes scenes in Sikkim and Tibet. Locations visited include:- Rongbuk Valley, the North Col, Lhakpa La, Zachar Chu, Tashi Dzom, Shenar, Gyo Kang, Kalimpong, Kharta Valley and the glaciers of East and West Rongbuk. Scenes show the journey to Everest, assault parties (in heavy snow), porters, also landscapes and people encountered along the way.

A down-sized expedition led by Bill Tilman with Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Charles Warren, Peter Lloyd, Peter Oliver and Noel Odell. The expedition arrived on April 6th and established Camp III below the North Col, but it was too cold and members of the party became ill. The expedition recuperated in the Kharta Valley, and returned on May 5th to find that the monsoon had already broken. Camp VI was established at 8,290 metres (27,200 feet), but summit bids were foiled by deep snow.