Jan 14, 2008

Hillary or Mallory? We’ll never know

The Hillary doubters have been quick to suggest that he and Tenzing Norgay were beaten to the summit of Everest by George Leigh Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine in 1924. Perhaps but probably not, writes Ben Sandilands.

The Hillary doubters have been quick to suggest that the legendary New Zealander and Tenzing Norgay were beaten to the summit of Everest by George Leigh Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine in 1924.

Perhaps, but probably not. It was something Hillary was sufficiently curious about to look carefully for any traces when he reached the summit on 29 May, 1953.

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13 thoughts on “Hillary or Mallory? We’ll never know

  1. Ben Sandilands

    Mallory too intact to have fallen from anywhere in very thin air from Yellow Band. Mitten seems pre -war British origin. It may have been ripped off in effort to massage bad hand. His hands found ungloved yet empty glove holder around neck.

  2. Jill Reid

    They got to the top & got back alive in one piece. Rather than besmirch their acheivements – can we celebrate them – esp. the voluntary work Hillary did later. Pity some of our current sport people couldn’t emulate his actions instead of chasing the $$$

  3. Sir Basil Fawlty

    Learn new things? Right. You’re last “paper” was pure nonsense. They’re climbing together sharing an oxygen bottle between them? Then you forgot that the 5 Stella bottles had reduced pressure due to the reduced temperature. That was really stupid.

  4. Jazzy

    At the end of the day I don’t think we should discredit or asterisk Hillary’s achievements and memory with such conjecture. It serves no purpose that I can think of.

  5. Sir Basil Fawlty

    Interesting post by “Robin Tripp”. Robin Tripp is of course, a pseudonym used by Phil summers! A “rising star” on the international scene, indeed! How pathetic.

  6. robin tripp

    No “Sir Basil Fawlty”, Mr Summers, is a member of a British culture group where he share his work and people like me read it and learn new things about Everest. Retract your words as you’re simply looking foolish and ignorant . Be careful whom you accuse.

  7. robin tripp

    According to Summers, the mitten is closer to the crest and twin crags, on the descent M&I can’t drop iceaxe and then climb up to the mitten while still descending the yellow band to fall in the dark. Mallory slid down a 120m incline at 30 deg, likely.

  8. Chris Graham

    But unless I’m mistaken, they did find in his pocket a letter from ‘another woman’ which sparked rumours that George was trying to climb more than just Mount Everest. That said, great article – v interesting. I actually thought Mal Brough was the first to climb Everest, but then I wasn’t alive in the 50s, so….

  9. robert

    good point Jazzy, reaching the summit of Everest was incidental to all the wonderful things this great soul accomplished -the first man to return alive for sure-but was he the first to Everest’s summit?Pity though that he called the mountain a “bastard’

  10. robin tripp

    I’m persuaded by Aussie researcher Phil Summers who is a rising star in this field internationally.
    The mitten Ben mentions was below and some distance from the iceaxe so they aren’t linked.
    They did fall in the yellow ban at night, leaving time to summit

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