In 1920, at the behest of Sir Francis Younghusband (the first Chairman of the Committee), Colonel Charles Howard-Bury – the leader of the 1921 expedition – persuaded Sir Charles Bell to use his considerable influence with Tibetan officials to negotiate permission for a passage to Mount Everest from the northern side (the Nepalese approaches from the south were closed to foreign entry). Permission was granted by the Tibetan government for the British to proceed in the following year, 1921.
To co-ordinate and finance the reconnaissance expedition, a joint body – the Mount Everest Committee – was formed, composed of high-ranking members of the two interested parties – the Alpine Club and the Royal Geographical Society.
According to Sir Francis Younghusband:
A Mountain for the World: To Coincide with the 50th Anniversary, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Is Opening Up Its Archives, Home to Items Including John Hunt's Diary and Oxygen Tanks from the 1953 Expedition
May 01, 2003; AT 11.30AM ON 29 MAY 1953, SHERPA TENZING NORGAY and New Zealander Ed Hillary stood atop the world s highest mountain for the...