“Because it’s there”

I’ve said from time to time that when once asked why he climbed Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary quipped “Because it’s there”. As it turns out, I happened across the actual person to whom the quote is attributed: George Mallory.

Unfortunately for both Mallory and the power of the quote, Mallory’s body currently resides on Everest.

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  1. Ive reminded of a quote from, of all places, Jurassic park:

    Remember that chap about twenty years ago? I forget his name. Climbed Everest without any oxygen, came down nearly dead. When they asked him, they said why did you go up there to die? He said I didn’t, I went up there to live.

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