Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan expedition completed the loading of their stores and equipment in Katmandu Sept 13, and the first of the Lorries moved off to Bhatgaon, some 8 miles away.
LV Preparations on hotel lawn
SV Supplies loaded onto lorry
SV Supplies onto lorry
SCU Expedition member with mascot 'Bing'
SCU Two members with 'Bing'
RV Supply wagon moves off
SV Expedition members climb onto second lorry
RV Lorry moves off
SV Hillary and other members prepare to leave
SCU Expedition member with nets
SV Jeep moves off
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Background: Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan expedition completed the loading of their stores and equipment in Katmandu Sept 13, and the first of the Lorries moved off to Bhatgaon, some 8 miles away. From Bhatgaon, under a hot sun, the expedition caravan of about 200 set out on its fortnight's march to the mountains. This was the group that Sir Edmund was to lead in search of the Yeti - the "Abominable Snowman".
Going with the expedition as its mascot was 'Bing', a snowboy made of cloth and stuffing by a leading Calcutta newspaper. Meant to resemble the Yeti, it rode on a car windscreen and received a great ovation from local villagers.
The second half of the expedition set off the next day, led by Sir Edmund, who was to "double march" in order to catch up with the first group to which he belongs.
Divided into two groups, one half of the party will look for the Yeti while the other will conduct physiological research which may help flight in space. Next spring they will make an assault on the 27,790 feet Makalu peak.