George Mallory Biography
(British Mountaineer Who Took Part in the First Three British Expeditions to Mount Everest in the Early 1920s)
Birthday: June 18, 1886 (Gemini)
Born In: Mobberly, England, United Kingdom
George Mallory was an English mountaineer who was part of the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. A teacher by profession, he also fought during the First World War, and eventually gave in to his passion for climbing. He joined the first British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition in 1921, led by Charles Howard-Bury, during which Mallory became the de-facto lead climber. He participated in the mountaineering expedition to Everest the next year, and also became part of the team two years later during the second attempt to achieve the first ascent. Unfortunately, he and his climbing partner Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine disappeared on the North-East ridge of the summit. After his body was found 75 years later, injuries on his body suggested that he fell from a much lower height than he was known to have climbed earlier, indicating that he was descending during the fall. Circumstantial evidences on his corpse also suggested that he may have reached the summit, even though there is no conclusive proof. He is fondly remembered for uttering "the most famous three words in mountaineering" when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest: "Because it's there".