Eddie Bauer guide Peter Whittaker, who comes from a lineage with a powerful connection to the mountain—breaks it down in 50 words or less.
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.”
Fifty years ago today, Jim Whittaker climbed shoulder to shoulder with Nawang Gombu to the summit of Mt. Everest. He did it in Eddie Bauer down.