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Photo by Diane Roberts
Photo by Diane Roberts

The charming and legendary Jim Whittaker was in The Seattle Times newsroom Wednesday and participated in a live chat about the 50th anniversary of his summiting of Mount Everest, the first American to do so. Times columnist Ron Judd was the moderating.

Also, if you missed it on the Times opinion pages a few weeks ago, check out Whittaker’s guest column reflecting on the anniversary and how the experience of climbing Everest has changed. Access to the mountain is easier, but sometimes guides’ unwillngness to turn back paying customers can be dangerous:

Everest is a glorious and beautiful mountain. Adventurers will always want to test themselves on its magnificent walls of snow, rock and ice. Good for them. But, in the next 50 years, I hope we can learn from both our successes and failures, and let experience be our guide.