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FIRST MAN ON TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST
What happened to Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine, and 1) _______________ they got to the summit or not almost 30 years before Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, is the most enduring mystery in the history of exploration, and Mallory one of its most romantic figures: the Galahad of Everest. His weather-bleached remains 2) _______________ discovered by the American mountaineer Conrad Anker in 1999.
The corpse was frozen to concrete and bleached 3) ________________ the sun. It 4) ________________ face down in the snow, fully extended and pointing uphill. The upper body was welded to the scree with ice. The arms, still muscular, were outstretched above the head.
Mountaineer George Mallory had last been sighted on 8 June, 1924, when he and Andrew Irvine went 5) ________________ while attempting to become the first men to reach the summit of Everest.
Whether or not they 6) ________________ this goal has been the subject of intense speculation for more than 85 years.
In the spring of 1999, an American named Eric Simonson founded the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition. Five experienced mountaineers were sent high onto Everest with the aim of finding the bodies of one or both climbers.
They had a few clues to help them in their search. In 1975, a Chinese climber named Wang Hung-bao had stumbled across ‘an English dead’ at 26,570 feet (8,100m).
Wang reported the find to his climbing partner shortly 7) ________________ being swept away by an avalanche. The precise location of the ‘English dead’ was never fixed. This did not deter Simonson’s five-strong team of experienced mountaineers. Conrad Anker,Dave Hahn, Jake Norton, Andy Politz, and Tap Richards were determined to succeed.
The odds were stacked against them. Their search was 8) ________________ on a wide snow-terrace the size of 12 football pitches. Tilted at crazy angles, the terrace lay above 26,000 feet. 9) ________________ the men lost their balance, the 30-degree slope would carry down a 7,000-foot drop to the Rongbuk Glacier.
On 1 May, 1999, Conrad Anker was combing the slope when he raised a cry. He had spotted a corpse, white as alabaster, sticking 10) ________________ of the ice.
The men began chipping the corpse from its frozen resting place. As they dug, they studied the body with care. The tibia and fibula of the right leg were broken, the right elbow was dislocated and the right side also badly damaged. The climbing rope had wrapped tightly around the ribcage.
It didn’t take long to identify the body. When Tap Richards looked inside the clothing, he found a name tag: G Mallory.
 SCREE: Sedimentos clásticos.
 Tilted: inclinada, ladeada.
 To comb: peinar, examinar con mucho cuidado.