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On May 22, 1963, Tom #Hornbein and…

On May 22, 1963, Tom #Hornbein and Willi #Unsoeld saw the tattered #American flag fluttering on the summit of #Everest some 100 feet above them. The flag had been left there three weeks earlier by Jim #Whittaker, the first American to summit the mountain, and Nawang #Gombu. Hornbein and Unsoeld had just made the historic and audacious first ascent of the West Ridge, arriving on top at 6:15pm, and descending the Southeast Ridge (making the first ever traverse of the mountain). They became the 4th and 5th Americans to summit, as teammates Barry Bishop and Lute Jerstad had reached the summit hours before. The West Ridge climb is one of the greatest in American mountaineering history, and of climbing history in general. A proud ascent by the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition – see our award-winning film on the expedition on @Vimeo on Demand through the link in my profile. Happy 4th of July! #liveyouradventure @davidcmorton @jimaikman @eddiebauer @xtremevideo #mounteverest #amee #williunsoeld #tomhornbein #independenceday #4thofjuly

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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