Inspiring Old Video: First Americans On Everest, 1963

On the 50th Anniversary of the American ascent, a look back

As I mentioned yesterday, 2013 is an important year on Everest. Not only does it mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, but it also is the 50th anniversary of the first ascent by an American, and the first ascent along the difficult West Ridge.

While surfing through YouTube I came across this great classic climbing film that chronicled that 1963 American expedition. The footage is classic in every sense of the word, and I'm sure this short film will bring back memories of watching these kinds of National Geographic movies in our classrooms while growing up. This is a real hidden gem and definitely one that fans of Everest will not want to miss.

This article originally appeared in The Adventure Blog.


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