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There are many dead bodies on Mount Everest – including some portraited here

Marco Siffredi

Marco Siffredi

Marco Siffredi
2013, 90 * 90 cm, Oil and tempra on linen

Marco Siffredi (22 May 1979 – September 8, 2002). His contributions to the “Legends of Everest” were: First to descend Mount Everest on a snowboard in 2001 via the Norton Couloir. In 2002, he disappeared after making his second successful Everest summit, while attempting to snowboard the Hornbein Couloir.

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George Mallory

Georg Mallory

Georg Mallory
2013, 90 * 90 cm, Oil and tempra on linen

George Herbert Leigh Mallorys (18 June 1886 – 8 or 9 June 1924) contributions to the “Legends of Everest” were: First to extensively explore Mount Everest in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. During the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine both died only about 800 vertical feet from the summit.

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Legends of Everest

Mount Everest, also named Sagarmatha (Nepalesian), Chomolungma  (Tibetian) or Zhumulungma (Chinese), is a symbol of extremes. It is supposed to be the highest mountain on earth,  to be really dangerous and one of the last remaining adventures on earth. However, both aspects are not fully correct

The conquest of Everest started in the early 20th century. It produced many legends who had first achieved remarkable ascends or descends. Today, records are measured for almost everything: the youngest person to climb Mount Everest, and the oldest one. The fastest ascent with and without bottled oxygen, the first helicopter landing, the first descent by paraglider and the first descent by snowboard or skies.

I selected nine of those legend climbers and painted them.

Legends of Everest

Legends of Mount Everest
2013, 9 * 90 * 90 cm, Oil, Primer and Tempera on Linen

I chose this approach to characterize Mount Everest. Like Claude Joseph Vernet I am not convinced that any painting, drawing or photography existing so far is able to reflect the full size of Mount Everest – even the 2 GB photo of David Breashears fails in this aspect.

The portraits of George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner,  Junko Tabei, Russell Brice, Marco Siffredi Robert Hall, Long Dorjee and an unknown climber give an impression of what it took to master the mountain.  See the table for information from left to right and from top to bottom:

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Peter Kinloch *1982 +2010

Peter Kinloch, a 28 year old British climber died in 2010 of frostbite and exhaustion in deteriorating weather hours after he summited Everest.

Three sherpas spent 12 hours administering drugs and oxygen in an attempt to coax him down the mountain but at 2am they finally had to leave him at 8,600m as the weather closed in in order to save their lives.

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