Whittaker speaking at the Computer
History Museum in 2005
|Born||February 10, 1929 (age 91)|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
West Seattle High School
|Relatives||Lou Whittaker (twin brother)|
On May 1, 1963 he became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest as a member of the American Mount Everest Expedition led by Norman Dyhrenfurth. They ran out of oxygen but managed to reach the summit. Once there, Whittaker planted a U.S. flag at the top.
- EverestHistory.com: Jim Whittaker
- "Brothers synonymous with mountain climbing in Northwest". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. March 13, 1983. p. 43.
- Shnayerson, Michael (May 2003). "Jim Whittaker, Back on Earth". National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Retrieved 2007-05-07.