Mountain trekking, here we come!
From his earliest days, George Mallory was a person who thrived on encountering and overcoming challenges. One of his favorite activities was climbing – climbing trees, church buildings, and eventually local mountains. He thrived academically – mathematics was his favorite subject – and participated in his schools’ gymnastic pursuits. By the time he had decided to become a teacher, he was also an avid mountain climber, scaling passes which others found completely impossible.
George married Ruth Turner the week before World War I broke out and after two years George left to fight on France. He returned unscathed but tougher – his thirst for mountaineering was unfazed. Eventually, his sights turned to Mount Everest.
But conquering Everest required far more than simply climbing. It required planning – strategizing effective routes, purchasing necessary equipment, and setting goals to be met by specific dates. Again and again George and his team attempted to ascend Everest – time after time they were halted by unforeseen accidents, hazardous weather, and physical exhaustion.
On June 8, 1924, as George and his companion, Andrew Irvine began the last leg of the ascent to the top of Mount Everest. They disappeared and were never heard from again. Was Mallory the first to conquer Everest? We will never know.
Conclusion. A great retelling of the life of an indomitable man.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret