Looking for a way to escape his 20-year obsession with Leigh Mallory
, he sweats out a hot July night in a cheap motel room, mulling over his life thus far, and debating whether or not he should continue.
Before he perished on the very route I climbed on Mount Everest, the famous climber George Leigh Mallory
said: "There is something in the human spirit that responds to the challenge of the mountains and goes to meet it.
For the body is that of Andrew "Sandy" Irvine who, with George Leigh Mallory
, was last seen 1,000ft from the summit before they were swallowed by a swirling snowstorm in June, 1924.
Summary: In 1924, asked why he wanted to climb Everest, English mountaineer George Herbert Leigh Mallory
said: "Because it's there.
Legendary British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory
, who disappeared on the summit slopes of Everest in 1924, was also one of the world's great philosophers of adventure.
Hence the most famous three words in mountaineering occurring when George Leigh Mallory
was asked why he wanted to climb Mount EveresS t?
The fascinating story of the 1999 search for the bodies of Mallory and Irvine that reached a shuddering climax with the discovery of the alabaster corpse of George Leigh Mallory
, athletically sprawled full-length and face down on the ground within sight of the Everest summit, is now available in the paperback edition of Ghosts of Everest (Pan Books pounds 7.
An expedition claims to have found the body of mountaineer George Leigh Mallory
who disappeared on Everest in 1924.
This seems obvious enough, but all too often we find ourselves doing the annual report, the employee magazine, the anniversary book, in the same spirit as George Leigh Mallory
, who wanted to climb Mt.
Everest mountaineer George Leigh Mallory
The 22-year-old climber Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine
These included the celebrities of the time, from Charles Dickens embarking for his US reading tour in 1842, to George Leigh Mallory
and Sandy Irvine departing for their tragic attempt on Everest in 1924.
Simonson's most noted expedition occurred in 1999, when he uncovered the body of legendary climber George Leigh Mallory
and his 1924 base camp at 27,000 feet.