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.”
Peter Whittaker celebrates his Everest mentors Willi Unsoeld and Nawang Gombu 50 years on from 1963 the American Mount Everest expedition.
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.
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 […]