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"My father's maximum dwelling heroes have been John Glenn and Jim Whittaker—a actual massive with an important middle, a good soul, and inspirational braveness. we will be able to all be thankful that Whittaker has ultimately placed his awesome existence on paper. Whittaker's tale is a riveting saga of excessive experience by way of one among history's maximum climbers." —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

* exact anniversary version to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1st American ascent of Mount Everest

* New foreword by way of Ed Viesturs and a brand new afterword by way of the author

* greater than a hundred images, together with numerous never-before-published images

In might of 1963 Seattle mountaineer Jim Whittaker stepped into international historical past by way of turning into the 1st American to summit Mount Everest. Fifty years later, he's nonetheless considered as a seminal determine in North American mountain climbing, in addition to an astute businessman who helped create the open air sport industry.

A lifestyles at the facet: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond is Jim's brave, no-punches-pulled autobiography and a glance at a peripatetic, occasionally tough lifestyles. past the respect of the Everest summit and his different awesome mountaineering feats, together with the 1st American summit of K2, he brazenly describes his own, "everyman" event of social upheaval within the Nineteen Sixties and 70s, an early divorce, relations strife, a passionate new love later in lifestyles, near-bankruptcy, and company triumphs and losses. Jim tells all of it with verve and honesty and, precise to his nature, turns each setback into the level for brand spanking new experience. This distinctive fiftieth anniversary variation celebrates the tale of Jim's existence and contours a brand new foreword by way of Ed Viesturs, in addition to a brand new ultimate bankruptcy that brings readers updated, together with information of his trek to Everest Base Camp in 2012 and his son Leif's fresh profitable summits of Everest.

Need extra Jim Whittaker? Checkout his interview on New Day Northwest as he talks approximately Everest, education, and the stunning modifications among mountain climbing Everest 50 years in the past as opposed to today.


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