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Bright red and equipped with a fur ruff on the hood, the jacket was state of the art in its day. It was insulated with enough down to be protective to minus 85 degrees F.
of Whittaker on Everest's summit clutching an ice axe adorned with flags. The red jacket frames his body, a silhouette against clouds at the top of the world.
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In addition to a banquet, the AAC took the anniversary year to get some gear from the 1963 expedition in a studio for a photo shoot. This included a jacket made by Eddie Bauer that's among the most iconic in the history of outdoor sports.
About 50 were made for the 1963 expedition. Only a handful remain in museums today. But look at a jacket in your closet now and you might still see traces of the Eddie Bauer design, the Everest parka a hallmark in the evolution of the modern "puffy" coat.
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Made with a rip stop nylon face fabric and insulated with goose down, Eddie Bauer based the design off lessons learned from years of stitching insulated outerwear. This included flight suits worn by servicemen in World War II.
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The jacket official name: Style 088, Mt. Everest Parka to me is the epitome of gear from a lost era when mountaineering was wild and fringe.
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Last month, at an event in Utah, I had a chance to hear Whittaker give a speech. He stood tall clutching an ice axe and spoke loud, almost shouting. At age 84 he presented with passion and intensity, stating that if he were to climb Everest again he'd wear the same parka.
got cold. Then they pulled on red parkas. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.
Whittaker kept the jacket packed away for most of the ascent in 1963.
Velcro, a new invention of the era that NASA used, was stitched onto the pocket flaps. The ruff, made of wolverine fur, was picked because it could remain frost free in extreme cold.
Everest was untamed still in 1963. Whittaker and his crew, including co summiter Nawang Gombu Sherpa, bundled up and pushed into the wind.
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This spring marks 50 years since Jim Whittaker stood as the first American on the summit of Mount Everest. The American Alpine Club will honor the achievement at an event in the Bay Area on February 23rd.
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