A Tibetan Buddhist monk walks by a…

A Tibetan Buddhist monk walks by a...

A Tibetan Buddhist monk walks by a chorten at Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet, with Everest’s North Face rising in the distance. | On this day in 1924, the members of the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition gazed upon this very same view, having just arrived at Rongbuk after a five-week walk across the Tibetan Plateau. This was their first real, close-up look at the mountain – a view few in the world had ever seen. From here, at nearly 17,000 feet on the Plateau, the North Face rises improbably from the dusty, barren plains, a monumental uplift of some 12,000 vertical feet of rock, snow, and ice. For George Mallory, it was a familiar – but no less impressive – view: he was the only member of the 1924 team who had been on both the 1921 and 1922 expeditions. In 1921, he wrote to his wife, Ruth, upon seeing the peak close up for the first time: “The highest of the world’s mountains, it seems, has to make but a single gesture of magnificence to be the lord of all, vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy.” Five weeks after their arrival at Rongbuk, Mallory and his climbing companion, Andrew Irvine, would disappear close to the summit of #Everest.

Rongbuk Monastery

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