The original Americans on Everest expedition 30 years ago was sponsored by Rainer beer (yes!) and a cigarette brand I won’t mention, only because I don’t want them to ride out that sponsorship any further. It was also sponsored by National Geographic, who gave us the above video. I love the disparaging tone these guys take to modern Everest climbers. You can’t blame them, but keep in mind that they did rely heavily on porters to carry tons of gear to basecamp. Of course, they didn’t clip in and follow lines laid all the way to the summit. And if you’re feeling nostalgic about your mountaineering or you just want to get some cool hipster clothing ideas, you should check out this historic photo gallery over at Outside.
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