In 1963 Jim Whittaker, in partnership with Sherpa Nawang Gombu, became the first American to climb to the roof of the world and summit Mt. Everest. He did it outfitted in Eddie Bauer down. On that same American Mount Everest Expedition Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld completed the first successful ascent of the challenging West Ridge route, which remains one of the greatest achievements in the history of mountaineering.
To celebrate of the 50th anniversary of these triumphs, Eddie Bauer returned to Everest in 2012 with two teams of world-class, high-altitude climbers, an entire line of award-winning, guide-built First Ascent gear and a mission to retrace the steps of the historic American achievements on Mt. Everest. The mountain again revealed its power and proved that, five decades later, Everest still represents adventure in its grandest form.
For the next month, the Live Your Adventure blog will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the achievements of the American Mount Everest Expedition with features such as video clips from the 1963 climb, never before seen photo galleries from the Bishop Archives, essays from our current Eddie Bauer First Ascent guides and reflections on the significance and story of the West Ridge climb, one of the most challenging epics in the history of mountaineering. To kick it off we’re starting with original video footage and the powerful words of President John F Kennedy.
To learn more about the history of this pioneering expedition visit www.eddiebauer.com/everest.
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