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Five Decades on Everest: Jim Whittaker
Posted on May 1, 2013

Big Jim on the Summit of Everest in 1963

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

Author: - Wednesday, May 1st, 2013



  2. Alejandro Weldt

    Listening and seeing videos of such and important goal of reaching summit 50 years ago by Jim Whittaker, brings me to mind my days climbing mountains in SEWELL, Chile where I was born in 1937. This place is imbedded in the Andes Monutains and throughout winter heavy snowfalls are frecuent. At that time we climbed very mountain at hand.
    Now a days GOOGLE EARTH gives us the possibility to “rewind” and discover monutains and have them on screen with such detail. It enhances and puts to vale these expeditions accomplished by so many that have achieved these summits, and also to those who gave their lives in doing so. Our memories will always be be them too.
    CONGRATULATIONS to them and to the EDDIE BAUER TEAM that design and develp gear for the mountaineers, honouring Whittaker’s incredible accomplishment five decades ago.
    It gives me the shivvers to just think the gigantic effort to carry out such goals in mountain climbing.

  3. Jack Williams

    Wade Davis’ great book ” INTO THE SILENCE” provides a graphic
    illumination of early Everest climbing history leading to Whittaker/Bauer and other successful expeditions decades later.
    Just the front cover picture of a 1920’s team dressed in knickers and felt hats is enough to get the message across that Eddie Bauer has warmed the way to the summit.
    Congratulations to the Bauer Team, Whittakers, my son Jim Williams and others for this exciting glimpse of climbing history.

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