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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Mallory and Irvine Everest Ascent 

A record 514 people have climbed Mount Everest this year, which means that more than 2000 people have now reached the summit since the first, officially recorded, successful ascent by New Zealander, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, in 1953. However, mountaineering's great unanswered question is, did George Mallory and Sandy Irvine reach the summit 30 years earlier?

In 1924, Mallory and Irvine disappeared just 800 feet from the summit and eight years ago, Mallory's body was found by Conrad Anker. Now, retracing the steps of Mallory and Irvine, Conrad Anker is playing the part of Mallory and Leo Houlding is playing the part of his climbing companion, Irvine. They are dressed in period costume and are using authentic gear, to recreate the climb for a documentary.

The climb is also being recorded by blog and web video, on the expedition website.

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