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Five Decades on Everest: Gombu
Posted on May 4, 2013

Gombu on the Summit in '63

Fifty years ago this week, Jim Whittaker climbed shoulder to shoulder with Sherpa Nawang Gombu and became the first American to climb to the highest point on Earth. When asked by a reporter what his first thoughts were when standing on the summit of Everest, Gombu responded with four now-famous words: “How to get down.”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Mount Everest on the Eddie Bauer-outfitted American Mount Everest Expedition—and the camaraderie required to reach the summit—we’ve chosen a gallery of photos from the Bishop archives that celebrates the spirit of these two climbing partners in reaching that objective on May 1, 1963.

 

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