The East Rongbuk Glacier is the gateway to the North face of Mount Everest, a route discovered after much trial by George Mallory during the 1921 British Reconnaissance Expedition, an effort organized by the British government to survey the North side of Everest and, in so doing, plot a route to the summit.
Photography 1921: Major E.O. Wheeler, Royal Geographical Society
Photography 2008: David Breashears, GlacierWorks
East Rongbuk Glacier, 1921
East Rongbuk Glacier, 2008
MAJOR E.O. WHEELER, 1922
There were heavy snowstorms on August 4 and 5, but the 6th looked better, and after four hours’ most strenuous step-cutting up and slithering down pinnacles, I crossed the glacier and ascended a 21,000-foot station on the other side, from which I obtained good, if cloudy, views of the East Rongbuk Glacier.