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The Wildest Dream

Learn About Mount Everest, the Highest Mountain on Earth

Photograph by Jimmy Chin

George Mallory’s historic 1924 attempt to climb Mount Everest—and vast scientific and technological changes since his death—provide themes for compelling classroom activities in Grades 4-12.

Each activity below features film clips, maps, and photography from The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest and National Geographic’s collection of online articles and visuals.

These 13 standards-based activities for different age levels allow educators to mix and match, to design a unique and engaging multi-disciplinary lesson based on this fascinating mountain and its timeless allure for people around the world.

Materials created with the generous support of National Geographic Entertainment.

Activities for Grades 4-8

Name That Destination

Students hear clues about one of the most desolate environments on Earth, then think about what they know and want to know about Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth.

Mapping the Shape of Everest

Students build a model of a mountain and map its topography, then apply their learning to a topographic map of Mount Everest.

Expedition Clothing Then and Now

Students conduct an experiment to determine differences in fabrics worn in extreme environments in 1924 and present day.

Did Mallory Make It?

Activity. Students gather information from the film and related activities to draw conclusions about whether Mallory and Irvine in 1924 achieved their wildest dream.

Additional Materials

Get the DVD

The Wildest Dream

George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924. 75 years later, climber Conrad Anker found Mallory's frozen body. In this film, Conrad Anker returns to Everest to unravel the mysteries surrounding Mallory's disappearance.

From the Film

Photo Gallery

See photos from The Wildest Dream, including dynamic behind-the-scenes images and archival photos.

Who Was George Mallory?


In 1924, climbing Mount Everest was like going to the moon. George Mallory led his fateful expedition to the top of the world with little more than tweeds and hobnail boots.

Interactive Mapping Tools

Surface Elevation

Use the MapMaker Interactive to explore surface elevation in the Himalaya region.

Everest 2012

Everest Home

Visit National Geographic's collection of all things Everest, including recent expedition updates.

Early Everest Expeditions

See photos from historic, early Everest expeditions, as selected by National Geographic editors.

First Americans on Everest

"When Jim Whittaker was selected to be the first American atop Everest, that twist of fate would open up a world of soaring successes, bitter failures, public fame, and personal tragedy."

Everest: 50 Years and Counting

National Geographic magazine revisits the history of the mountain and its climbers.

More about Mount Everest

What's Up, Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is the highest elevation on Earth.