In 1921 George Mallory was a part of a team of 9 people trying to be the first to scale Mt. Everest. The first attempt ended in failure when high winds turned the team around.
The second attempt, 1922, which included the new innovation of bottled oxygen allowed the team to reach a height of 27,000 feet in elevation, but an avalanche killed several people.
But, in 1924, despite high winds and deep snows, the team set out again to scale Mt. Everest, and it is said that George Mallory was asked, “Why? Why would you try to climb this mountain over and over?” Mallory responded, “Because it’s there.”