'As you arrive at base...your body just starts to die' - Nat Geo photographer on Everest documentary

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Renan Ozturk remains on the mountain after the rest of the team descends. (Photo: National Geographic/Renan Ozturk)
Renan Ozturk remains on the mountain after the rest of the team descends. (Photo: National Geographic/Renan Ozturk)

"I think the unseen challenge to a lot of these type of expeditions, Everest expeditions, high-altitude 8 000m-peak expeditions, is just altitude. It's something that's really hard to explain to anyone in an article or even in a film," National Geographic photographer Renan Ozturk says during a Zoom interview with Channel24.

Renan was part of the crew that set out to solve one of mountaineering's most enduring mysteries: What happened to the great explorers Andrew "Sandy" Irvine and George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared on 8 June 1924, while attempting the first summit of Everest?

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