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 worldâ€™s imagination. Since then about 3,000 people have scaled the worldâ€™s highest peak â€” 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.
You can just barely make out the “OSC (OSU was Oregon State College at the time) Mountain Club in this photo.