As we all know, this is a very special year on Everest. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of the mountain by Jim Whittaker and the first ascent of the tough West Ridge, which was completed by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld. The company that outfitted that historic expedition was Eddie Bauer, and they’re continuing to provide some important gear to mountaineers heading to the Himalaya to this day.
In the short video below, the company celebrates that legacy and looks back on the historic 1963 American expedition. We’ve definitely come a long way, but it is because we followed in the footsteps of these giants.
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