George Wood-Johnson joined the 1933 expedition as a relatively experienced Himalayan climber. However, a gastric ulcer robbed him of his chance to join the final assault on Everest.
Wood-Johnson grew up in the Lake District, but left England at the age of 25 to become a tea planter near Darjeeling, where he was a familiar figure on his motorbike. In 1930 he joined Professor Dyhrenfurth’s international expedition to Kangchenjunga as transport officer. Then, with Smythe, he attempted the summit of Jongsong Peak (24,344 feet/7419 m), despite never having worn crampons. After Everest, Wood-Johnson returned to live in the Lake District.