In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking achievements of the Eddie Bauer-outfitted American Mount Everest Expedition, we asked every member of our Eddie Bauer First Ascent guide team who has reached the summit of the world’s highest peak to sum up the experience in 50 words or less. After the recent events on the mountain, Eddie Bauer guide Peter Whittaker, who comes from a lineage with a powerful connection to the mountain through the first American ascent of the world’s tallest peak—sent us his concise reflection on the leveling power of Everest.
Words by Peter Whittaker
Everest, Mother Goddess of the World.
She looms, taunts, beckons.
Proud, stoic, and unforgiving.
Nationality, gender, economic background, social status…matter not.
The veneer of civilization is stripped away.
All are treated equally on her flanks.
No one conquers Everest.
To think so is foolish.
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