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Everest 1924 Group

1924 EVEREST EXPEDITION Colonel Norton, the leader (3rd from left) between Irving (L) and Mallory (R) the two climbers who died near the summit

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Climbers Climbing Colonel Died Everest Himalayas Irving Mallory Norton Summit 1924


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This evocative photograph captures the historic moment during the 1924 Everest Expedition when Colonel Edward Norton (1869-1938), the leader of the British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition, stands between two of his climbers, George Leigh Mallory (1886-1924) and Andrew Irvine (1895-1924), just days before they made their final attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The trio is seen here in June 1924, gathered around a makeshift campfire at their advanced base camp, located at an altitude of approximately 19,000 feet in the Himalayas. Colonel Norton, a veteran military man and experienced mountaineer, had led the team in the hope of making the first successful ascent of the world's highest mountain. However, Mallory and Irvine, both accomplished climbers in their own right, were determined to make a direct assault on the summit and, with Norton's blessing, set out on June 1, 1924, to make their historic attempt. Tragically, the pair disappeared near the summit and were not found until 1998, more than 70 years after their fateful climb. The exact cause of their demise remains a mystery, but it is believed that they may have succumbed to the extreme conditions, including high winds and a sudden storm. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by these brave explorers in their quest to push the boundaries of human endurance and reach new heights. It stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of adventure that drives us to explore the unknown and to honor the memory of those who came before us.

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