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Mount Mallory

  • 3270 m (10,729ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.3083N -118.028W
Located in the Wood River Valley northwest of Mount Clemenceau

Province: BC
Headwater: Columbia
Ascent Date: 1927
Ascent Party: Alfred Ostheimer
Ascent Guide: Hans Fuhrer
Year Named: 1923
Named by: J. Monroe Thorington
Named for: Mallory, George Herbert Leigh (A mathematician at Cambridge, George Mallory participated in the 1922 British attempt on Mount Everest and, together with Andrew Irvine, lost his life near the summit of Everest on a later expedition.)

George Herbert Leigh-Mallory led three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s. On the third, in 1924, Mallory and Andrew Irvine made an attempt at the summit but disappeared in heavy weather, never to return. It seemed certain they had perished on the mountain, but whether they reached the summit before they died was unknown. A 1999 expedition found Mallory's frozen body 27,000 feet up Everest's north face. The body was remarkably well preserved, but offered no evidence that Mallory had made it to the summit before his death.