After the War he worked on a sheep farm and then ran a ladies’ clothing shop in New Zealand for a while. On the boat home he met a group of yogis, and at home when he contracted tuberculosis he cured himself by fasting and prayer.
He decided to climb the then unconquered Mt Everest/Chomolungma. He had never climbed any mountain before. He bought an aeroplane to fly to India. He had never flown an aeroplane before. He took some lessons, crashed the plane only once and then flew to India with a simple map using the coastlines. The British Government of India impounded his aeroplane when he arrived.
He escaped and made his way though Tibet dressed as a monk. After a few failed attempts, his Sherpas refused to go on, and he continued alone, without extra oxygen. His body was found a year later and given a mountain funeral: he was tossed into a glacier. When his body was found, he was wearing female underwear, and the Chinese expedition of 1960 found a woman’s dress shoe. Mountaineering forums debate whether he died on the way up or on the way down - if the latter, he was the first European to climb the mountain, 19 years before Edmund Hillary.
- Dennis Roberts. I'll climb Mount Everest alone; the story of Maurice Wilson. London: R. Hale 1957.
- Peter Meier-Hüsing. Wo die Schneelöwen tanzen: Maurice Wilsons vergessene Everest-Besteigung(Where the Snowdoves Dances: Maurice Wilson’s Forgotten Climb of Everest). München: Malik 288 pp 2003. München: Piper 2004.
- Thomas Noy. “Who Climbed Everest First?” Everest News. Jun 26, 2003. www.mounteverest.net/story/stories/WhoclimbedEverestfirstJun262003.shtml. www.mounteverest.net/story/stories/WhoclimbedEverestfirstPartIIofIIIJun272003.shtml. and www.mounteverest.net/story/stories/WhoclimbedEverestfirstPartIIIofIIIJun292003.shtml.
- “A German author gives his perspective on Maurice Wilson”. Everest News . Jul 3, 2003. www.mounteverest.net/story/stories/AGermanauthorgiveshisperspectiveonMauriceWilsonJul32003.shtml. About Peter Meier-Hüsing and his book on Wilson.
- Mike Harding. Yorkshire Transvestite Found Dead on Everest. Hayloft Publishing 200 pp 2005. And other essays. Associated web-page: www.mikeharding.co.uk/books/other/ytran/ytran.html.
- Geoff Powter. Strange and Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness. Seattle: Mountaineers Books 256 pp 2006. One of the eleven mountaineers is Maurice Wilson.
- "Maurice Wilson". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Wilson