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Record 18404

Reading Experience:

'About 300 yards above Camp III we found the body of Maurice Wilson, who had atempted to climb Mount Everest alone the previous year and about whom nothing more had been heard. From a diary we found on his body and from subsequent enquiries we were able to piece together his curious story.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 15 Jun 1935 and 15 Jul 1935
Country: Tibet
Time: n/a
Place: other location: probably at Camp III on Everest (Tibet approach), below North Col
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reading Group:Expedition members
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: mountaineers
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: Tibet
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Maurice Wilson
Title: [diary]
Genre: Autobiog / Diary, personal diary
Form of Text: Manuscript: Codex, Diary
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Found


Source Information:

Record ID: 18404  
Source - Print  
  Author: Eric Shipton
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Upon That Mountain: in The Six Mountain Travel Books
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1999 (1943)
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 424
  Additional comments: The source text is Shipton's autobiographical memoir of various climbing and formative experiences. Here the reference is to the 1935 Everest Reconnaisance Expedition whose members also included Bill Tilman and Michael Spender.

Citation: Eric Shipton, Upon That Mountain: in The Six Mountain Travel Books (London, 1999 (1943)), p. 424,, accessed: 20 February 2024

Additional comments:

Maurice Wilson died in 1933 attempting, for quasi spiritual motives, a solo ascent of Everest with minimal equipment and no porters or Sherpas.



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