As part of the 1921 British Reconnaissance Expedition, George Mallory extensively explored the northern side of Mount Everest, during which time he took this stunning photograph of the Main Rongbuk Glacier. He was searching for the path to Everest’s North Col, hoping to find a summit route. Click here to get a sense of scale.
Photography 1921: George Mallory, Royal Geographical Society
Photography 2007: David Breashears, GlacierWorks
Main Rongbuk Glacier, 1921
Main Rongbuk Glacier, 2007
GEORGE MALLORY, 1922
At the end of the valley and above the glacier Everest rises not so much a peak as a prodigious mountain-mass. There is no complication for the eye. The highest of the world’s great mountains, it seems, has to make but a single gesture of magnificence to be lord of all, vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy.