Today we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoled’s legendary first ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest.
Five decades ago, on May 1st, 1963, American Jim Whittaker stepped side by side with Sherpa Nawang Gombu onto the summit of Mount Everest and became the first American to summit the world’s tallest peak.
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.
Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, just completed a 92,500-word book on Everest that comes out in October. But this is Ed’s 50-word take on the Big One.
Eddie Bauer Celebrates 50 Years of Americans on Everest