National Geographic : 1999 Oct
"WE EXPECT NO MERCY from Everest," Mallory told a friend before his final expedition. When his frozen body was found, Mallory was lying face down with his left leg crossed over his broken right one. A spare glove (left), boots, goggles, and penknife (below) were found with him. So, too, was his circular altimeter, which once recorded altitude near the summit of his ambition. He had written to his wife: "I look upon myself as the strongest of the lot, the most likely to get to the top." To honor that hope, the team interred Mallory's remains beneath rocks, held a brief burial service, and descended the merciless mountain.