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Mallory first on Everest?


North face of Mount Everest from Rongphu Monastery, Tibet
Image: Michelle Eadie

Today mountaineering expert Graham Hoyland will suggest to the Royal Geographical Society that George Mallory reached the summit of Everest in June 1924. Mallory was climbing with Andrew Irvine and was last seen 800 feet from the summit. His body was lost for 75 years.

No theory will subtract from the achievement of Sir Edmund Hillary who famously reached the summit with Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Since then thousands have done it, using high-tech clothing and gear and following in the steps of the adventurous British-Nepalese teams.