The Mystery of Mallory's Camera
Posted by PEAK XV – A Novel By Stephen Shields
The first successful summit of Everest was recorded by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953. But, there are some who believe that it was actually climbed much earlier.
Back in 1924, a climber by the name of George Mallory, along with partner Andrew Irvine, was part of an expedition attempting to complete the first ascent of the mountain. The duo was last seen on June 8 of that year just below the summit but making steady progress upwards. Shortly thereafter, they simply disappeared, leaving behind a mountaineering mystery for the ages. Did they actually make it to the top nearly three decades before Hillary and Norgay or did they perish in the attempt?
In 1999, a team of climbers discovered Mallory's remains high on the slopes of Everest. The body did little to reveal whether or not he actually reached the summit and unfortunately the team's camera was not found amongst his gear. It is believed that Irvine was actually carrying the camera when they made their ascent, and that device could hold the photographic evidence of their success or failure. To date, Irvine's body – and the camera – has not been found, but if it is ever uncovered, it could potentially change mountaineering history forever.
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