OSU Mountain Climbing Club on Everest

April 21st, 2008

The Albany Democrat Herald has a great story today about the OSU Mountain Climbing Club’s famous alumni history of climbing Mount Everest. The article talks about Willi Unsoeld becoming the 14th person to summit Everest:

When a British expedition put the first two men on the summit of Mount Everest in 1953, their achievement fired the world’s imagination. Since then about 3,000 people have scaled the world’s highest peak — and three of them, remarkably, have come from Corvallis.

On May 22, 1963, Willi Unsoeld became just the 14th human to stand atop Everest, pioneering with Tom Hornbein a daring route up the previously unclimbed West Ridge. As his partner snapped a picture, Unsoeld proudly unfurled the Oregon State College Mountain Club flag on the 29,028-foot summit.

OSU Mountain Climbing Club Flag on Mount Everest

You can just barely make out the “OSC (OSU was Oregon State College at the time) Mountain Club in this photo.

Of personal interest, this article also mentions the Everest Experience of OSU Alum Stacey Allison who also happens to be from my hometown of Woodburn, OR.

Even today, OSU students can still take advantage of mountain climbing opportunities at OSU through our Outdoor Rec Center and the Dixon Recreation Climbing Wall.

One Response to “OSU Mountain Climbing Club on Everest”

  1. James says:

    Didn’t sign my post

    -jm

    Apologies all!

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