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

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.”

Everest Clips: Celebrating the First American Ascent of Mt. Everest
Posted on May 1, 2013

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.

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

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.

Everest Clips: Eddie Bauer Celebrates 50 Years of Americans on Everest
Posted on April 17, 2013

In 1963 Jim Whittaker, in partnership with Sherpa Nawang Gombu, became the first American to climb to the roof of the world and summit Mt. Everest. He did it outfitted in Eddie Bauer down. On that same American Mount Everest Expedition Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld completed the first successful ascent of the challenging West […]

New Eddie Bauer Archives Featured on KING-TV’s Evening Magazine
Posted on May 7, 2010

On May 1, Eddie Bauer celebrated its 90th anniversary by cutting the ribbon on its newly constructed archive room. The museum-style opening included guests such as American climbing legend Jim Whittaker and First Ascent guides Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker.

My Father’s Footsteps
Posted on April 7, 2010

By Leif Whittaker In 1963, my father, Jim Whittaker, became the first American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Now, 47 years later, armed with his original journal and some very warm boots, I’m attempting to follow in his footsteps and to share this adventure with all of you.

First Ascent Family Returns to Everest with New “Firsts” in Sight
Posted on April 2, 2010

Last year, Eddie Bauer launched First Ascent in dramatic fashion, from the top of the world. This year, several members of the First Ascent family will return to Everest to attempt some amazing new firsts and we’ll be there to capture all the action.