Complete fantasy fabrication - deserves no recognition.
It was established YEARS AGO that the second step would have been impassable for two lone climbers. A member of a chinese team made it up because he took off his shoes and socks to climb and subsequently lost those bits. The chinese came back and installed a ladder which, while having been replaced by a modern version, can still be seen there today. This story of Archer's is a complete fabrication of the truth and it was known after the chinese went up there and found it impassable that Mallory never made it. If you want to tell a story based on history then make it something plausible or don't tell it at all.