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Because they are there

Posted by ESC on July 23, 2011 at 12:50

In Reply to: Because they are there posted by Micky Montoya on July 21, 2011 at 06:26:

: Does anyone know where the saying "Why do men climb mountains? Because they are there." originate from.

George Leigh Mallory (1886-1924), British mountaineer. "Because it is there." In answer to the question, why climb Mount Everest. He was lost on the mountain the next year. From New York Times, 18 March 1923. (Bartlett's)