In June of 1924, at the age of thirty-eight, George Mallory—one of Britain’s greatest mountain climbers—died. Having tried and failed twice before, he was attempting yet again to reach the summit of Mount Everest when he disappeared. It wasn’t until 1999 that his frozen body was discovered by another expedition—only 2,000 feet short of the summit.
Some time after Mallory’s disappearance, his friends held a banquet in England to honor him. Some of the climbers who had survived that...
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