Willmar notebook: From Bonanza Valley to the Top of the World
Next Wednesday, May 1, will be the 50th anniversary of the first American to summit Mt. Everest.
It was “Big Jim” Whittaker, a Seattle resident who owned an outdoor store that would grow in to the REI chain.
Three weeks later, May 21, two more Americans from the same expedition reached the peak, then measured at 29,028 feet but since re-calibrated at 29.035 feet
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