George Leigh Mallory remains as discovered on May 1, 1999

The Epic of Everest 1924 Restored

 (Conrad Anker stands over the 75 year old remains of famed British climber George Leigh Mallory, at 27,000 feet on Everest's North Face, Tibet. )

Conrad Anker stands over the 75 year old remains of famed British climber George Leigh Mallory, at 27,000 feet on Everest’s North Face, Tibet.

On June 8, 1924, at 12:50pm, Noel Odell made a final sighting of George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Comyn Irvine disappearing into a monsoon squall less than 1,000 feet below the summit of Everest. They reappeared only in the pages of history; Mallory and Irvine were never seen alive again. Thus began the greatest mystery of mountaineering, and perhaps the greatest mystery of all exploration: Did George Mallory and Andrew Irvine reach the summit of Everest in 1924, some 29 years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed the mountain from the south side.

Throughout the expedition in 1924, John Noel was documenting the climb and climbers like never before. A photographer and cinematographer, Noel put up £8000 of his own money to get the expedition off the ground, and in return was the sole owner of the remarkable visual assets that stemmed from the expedition. Noel shot a great deal of still images – as did the rest of the team – and also incredible film footage, which he later assembled into the beautiful, if not well recognized, Epic of Everest film.

Thanks to the efforts of his daughter, Sandra Noel, the BFI National Archive, and The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity, the Epic of Everest has been restored – and even improved. I’ve seen the film before, replete with jerky movements common in old film reels. In its restored version, The Epic of Everest is smooth and clean, and brings to life the climb and climbers of 1924.

A trailer of the full film is now up on YouTube for all to see – take a peek, and go back in time for a few minutes to the Epic of Everest 1924!

About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

  1. Mirza
    MirzaAugust 29,13

    Dear Jake, its truly stunning to photo the history that was in mystery, you are truly lucky to have captured such historical moment! and the film is indeed worth worth watching,,, cheers mate

  2. Jake Norton
    Jake NortonAugust 29,13

    Thanks, Mirza. It was an honor to be a part of it!

  3. Colin Wallace
    Colin WallaceSeptember 4,13

    Hi Jake!

    Love the new look blog, a great improvement on the old one.

    I would love to go and see Epic of Everest 1924 when it comes out, do you know if it will be nationwide or just showing in London?


    • Jake Norton
      Jake NortonSeptember 4,13

      Hi Colin,

      Thanks for your note, and glad you like the new blog! Out the door tomorrow morning to India, packing like crazy. But, look here for lots of updates to come!

      As for The Epic of Everest, I’d love to see the new version, too, but don’t know anything yet about screenings, etc. Let me know if you hear anything, and I’ll do the same! I think Tom Holzel might know more about it.



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