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New film sheds light on Mt. Everest conquerors

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(CBS 8) - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to summit Mount Everest -- or were they? A new National Geographic documentary, "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest" explores the possibility that British climbers George Mallory and Sandy Irvin were the first to reach the top of the world decades earlier.

Seventy-five years after he disappeared, the body of legendary mountaineer George Mallory was found. Conrad Anker made the discovery on an expedition to find him in 1999. Mallory and his climbing partner Sandy Irvin were last photographed 800 feet below the summit of Mount Everest. The clouds rolled in, and that was the last time they were seen alive. Many speculate they may have reached the summit.

In 2007, Anker returned to the mountain with climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to replicate the ill-fated 1924 expedition. To see what it must have felt like, the duo wore primitive gear for part of the climb. Gabardine clothing and hobnail boots are no match for the extreme conditions high on Everest.

The film explores the climbers' devotion to their families and how that conflicted with their dream of reaching the world's highest peak. Despite extremely harsh conditions, they were successful in their conquest of Everest.

"The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest" opens Friday, Aug. 20 at Landmark Theater in Hillcrest.

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