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Legendary team's 1921 Everest album

Legendary team's 1921 Everest album

Science
British mountaineer George Mallory took his last breath on the imperious slopes of Everest in 1924.But three years before that, he made history as part of the first British reconnaissance expedition to the world's highest peak.Led by soldier and explorer Charles Howard-Bury, this was the first group of Westerners to set foot on Everest.Mallory and fellow climber Guy Bullock made it 23,000ft up the mountain via the North Col, on Everest's north ridge, before searing winds forced them to turn back. Their journey proved that there was indeed a path to the top of the world. These are the pictures they took on the way:The rocky shot below was captured on the Kyetrak Glacier on Cho Oyo, a mountain who...
69-year-old double amputee climbs Everest after decades-long mission

69-year-old double amputee climbs Everest after decades-long mission

World
May 14 (UPI) -- A 69-year-old Chinese man reached the top of Mount Everest Monday, on his fifth try -- decades after a prior attempt forced doctors to amputate both his legs. Xia Boyu was guided by Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, a veteran mountaineer who's successfully climbed the world's 14 highest mountains, and joined by 11 others. Xia's son said his father had finally realized his "40 years dream" by reaching the top of the world's highest peak early Monday. "I love the mountain," Xia told TIME magazine before the climb, "I will fight for it my entire life." "Boyu finally won his 40-year-long battle for Mount Everest," the sherpa said Monday. Xia lost both legs below the knee when he was 25, after a failed attempt in the mid-1980s resulted in severe frostbite. In December, Nepal banned solo c...