Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mount Everest, spoke at an event I attended earlier this year. The evening was touted as a chance to hear of the 1963 Everest expedition firsthand, and Whittaker delivered, brandishing a three-foot tall ice axe at the podium as he recounted planting it at the top of the peak.
He’s a character—tall and solid, booming voice, the charisma you’d expect from a man who climbed impossible mountains and led REI as its CEO. There were more than a few memorable moments that night. But one delivered humor, clarity, and sense of purpose to his audience. He called the room full of media to order, then tasked us with one simple mission: “EDUCATE THE BASTARDS!”
Sound advice for my daily life. The video above offers more, not just for the scribes but for anyone in love with the outdoors. (Bonus—great archival Everest footage as well.)