In 1953, in the ninth British expedition to attempt the first assent of Mount Everest led by John Hunt, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the summit at 11:30am local time on May 29th. They have since gone down in history as the first men ever to achieve this momentous feat.
But in 1924 the mountaineer, George Mallory and novice, Andrew Sandy Irvine disappeared in their attempt to reach Everest's summit. This tragedy gave rise to mountaineering's greatest mystery: were the two successful in reaching the summit before the mountain claimed their lives?
June 1924 expedition to Everest
The 1924 expedition was the second expedition with the goal of achieving the first ascent of Mount Everest. It was on this expedition that British mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine disappeared and in turn taking with them the answer to one of Everest's most enduring mysteries - did the pair successfully make the summit? Of course it was officially conquered 30 years later by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Film: June 1924 Everest expedition Part 1