Fifty years ago today, Jim Whittaker climbed shoulder to shoulder with Sherpa Nawang Gombu to the summit of Mt. Everest. His first American ascent of the world’s tallest peak on the Eddie Bauer-outfitted American Mount Everest Expedition was a heroic moment that became a powerful source of national pride. It was also a proud moment for our brand. So on the 50th anniversary of the historic climb, we honor Whittaker, Gombu, and every member of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition that made this epic moment—and this iconic photo of Jim Whittaker with the American flag on the summit of Everest—possible.
Photo: Jim Whittaker, first American on the Summit of Mt. Everest in 1963, credit Sherpa Nawang Gombu
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