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"Everest: Mystery of Mallory and Irvine"

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Then the clouds rolled in and they were never seen again. More than 60 years after the two men disappeared, we re-examined the legend of Mallory and Irvine. We retraced their route up Mount Everest and looked again at the evidence of climbers and historians, to try to unravel what remains one of the greatest mysteries of modern exploration. Could these two men have been the first to reach the top? George Leigh Mallory was a vicar's son from Mobberley in Cheshire.

He was a schoolmaster and lived in Cambridge with his wife and three small children.

Camp Six: An Account of the Mount Everest Expedition: Smythe, Frank

In his youth, he was much admired for his romantic good looks and athletic physique, adored by fashionable artists and intellectuals. In , he was the most experienced Himalayan climber of his generation. It was Mallory, who when asked why he wanted to climb Everest, coined the immortal phrase, "Because it is there.

He was a star of the university rowing team, tall, blond and immensely strong. This was his first time in the Himalayas.


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He had almost no mountaineering experience. Yet on the boat trip to India, Mallory had already singled him out as a possible climbing partner. It was an irresistible combination of experience and youth. Everest was the chance of a lifetime for young Irvine.

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But for Mallory, this was his third expedition to the mountain and at age 37, he knew it was unlikely he would go again. In his last letter to his wife Ruth, he said, "It is 50 to 1 against us, but we'll have a whack yet and do ourselves proud. Captain John Noel, who is now 97, was the official photographer and filmmaker of the expedition. He believes that because Mallory knew this would be his last opportunity to reach the summit, it was a death or glory attempt. He set his heart on it. He talked about nothing else at all.

And I believe that that was one of the reasons of his death. In an interview just before he died, he told us that he too believed that nothing would have stopped Mallory going for the top. Mallory would say well, we've got to hurry up here because it is almost approaching dusk, and along we go. I don't think Irvine in any way would have hesitated to go nor do I think he had been unfit enough to say, oh no, I don't think we can manage it.


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  • I think he would have been perfectly willing to go on and they might well have got to the top. When news of their loss reached England, the nation publicly mourned and even the king sent a message of condolence to their families. Howard Somervell, a close friend of Mallory's and a member of the expedition, spoke for many when he wrote: "I verily believe his death as that of his well-loved and splendid companion is a clarion call to our materialistic age which so terribly needs the true, unselfish spirit typified by George Mallory, alike in his life and in its ending. No one knows whether Mallory and Irvine were first to reach the summit of Everest.

    Officially, the honor of first ascent went to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in But the climb by Mallory and Irvine has remained an inspiration for all who followed them on Everest, according to Hillary.

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    They were the ones who really got the ball rolling as far as Everest was concerned, and I think that Mallory's had an almost inspirational character as far as his determination to succeed on Everest was concerned. He was the one that stimulated not only his companions, but he stimulated the whole world into an interest in the ascent of Mount Everest. So he was a massive figure in the '20s as far as Mount Everest was concerned. NARRATOR: Until the first Everest reconnaissance expedition of , no Western explorers had been within 40 miles of the mountain and knowledge of high altitude climbing was still very limited.

    Camp Six: An Account of the 1933 Mount Everest Expedition

    No one knew, for example, whether it would be possible to survive on the summit at 29, feet without bottled oxygen. These expeditions were exploration in the grand style. Hundreds of porters, cooks and yak herders serving a handful of curiously assorted mountaineers.

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