In 1923, George Mallory wrote, “The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is no use.’ There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever.”
On this day in 1924, during the third British attempt to summit Everest, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine were lost for good on its north-east ridge, last seen about 245 metres (800 feet) below the top. Mallory's body was found in 1999, but neither Irvine's body nor the camera he was carrying has been recovered, and climbing historians continue to obsess over their deaths.
These two brave men, who climbed into the unknown with home-made oxygen apparatus, really do deserve celebrating with an appropriately named Resolute.
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