Last year, Eddie Bauer launched First Ascent in dramatic fashion, from the top of the world. This year, several members of the First Ascent family will return to Everest to attempt some amazing new firsts and we’ll be there to capture all the action.
On May 1, 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mt. Everest, outfitted head to toe in Eddie Bauer gear. This May, Jim’s son, Leif Whittaker, will attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps and stand on top of the world for his first time. Leif will be accompanied on the mountain by adventure filmmaker Michael Brown and First Ascent guide Dave Hahn, who is attempting his 12th summit, more than any non-Sherpa in history.
Also on Dave and Leif’s team will be First Ascent guides, Seth Waterfall and Chad Peele. Seth and Chad will guide four other clients on the climb, including Wendy Booker, a 55-year-old mother of three boys, who is attempting to become the first person with a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis to climb The Seven Summits.
First Ascent guide Melissa Arnot will be back on Everest again this year, partnering with experienced mountaineer, Dave Morton, to attempt to become the first American woman to summit the peak three times.
Born Out There will also be tracking the progress of Apa Sherpa, the only man in history to summit Everest 19 times, as he attempts to make it an even 20 ascents. Apa is fully outfitted in First Ascent.
In the coming weeks, follow along on the Born Out There Blog as the First Ascent guides and climbers share stories of their adventures on Everest.
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