Mt. Everest: Dave Hahn Reflects on Jim Whittaker, First American to Summit Mt. Everest

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall | May 01, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 23,500'

Dave Hahn here calling in from 21,300’ on Mount Everest, Advanced Base Camp. A big day for us. We went as planned up on the Lhotse Face. We went to 23,500’, very nearly to where our Camp 3 is gonna be, just short of that. A good day out on the Face. We broke Dan Johnson’s altitude record. We didn’t quite break Seth’s or mine. But really nice to be climbing up on the Lhotse Face and a beautiful day. And from way up there, looking at Everest, the top of Everest and the plume blowing off, it was impossible not think of the day that Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, two of our heroes, summitted the mountain 50 years ago in a big cloud and snow plume, in high winds. But pretty remarkable anniversary and neat to be around the mountain for that anniversary. We are definitely thinking of that incredible accomplishment 50 years ago, but also our own incredible accomplishment today. It felt really good getting up there and getting back down. And as well, a number of Sherpas, from various teams got together and fixed rope all the way to the South Col today. So rope is fixed to 8,000 meters and that is pretty much opening the door for summit bids. May is here and it’s all gonna start happening. But we’re pretty psyched with what we accomplished on this round. We’re headed down in the morning and looking forward to the comforts of Base camp. Bye for now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Sunrise over Lhotse Face. Photo: RMI Collection May 1, 1963 - Jim Whittaker, First American to Summit Mt. Everest. Photo: Nawang Gombu Mt. Everest with a wind-swept plume. Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Dave Hahn calls in from Advanced Basecamp.

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Way to GO Dan!! We are following your progress and send our prayers via west winds. Our best to all our Sherpa friends who helped us out at Base Camp Everest this year- we had a wonderful time. Mark- Khumbu Masters?

Posted by: Elsie Bemiss on 5/1/2013 at 5:38 pm

Congratulations Dan on your new milestone.  More to come!
I’m trying to keep track of Base Camp trips up and back.  What will be the roundtrip total? Five?

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/1/2013 at 4:31 pm

New heights every day Dan! Every step is a new challenge! We are all behind you and your team! Awesome Job guys!!!!!!

Posted by: Woodzy on 5/1/2013 at 2:42 pm

Woohoo Dan!!!!! It’s great to follow your journey and accomplishments.  Love hearing about your climb.  Stay safe all of you. Will be greeting you personally upon your return Dan.  Will be back in Cambridge at that time and looking forward to hearing about it all!!!!  xo

Posted by: Karen M on 5/1/2013 at 12:45 pm

Dave,  Following your progress here from NM. Congrats on today’s climb.

Posted by: Phillip Griego on 5/1/2013 at 11:12 am

Congrats! You guys rock! (I worked @ Paradise, Mt. Rainier years ago & loved chatting with the RMI Guides & the Whittakers)! Best wishes!

Posted by: Jennifer Benson on 5/1/2013 at 10:23 am

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