Legendary climber Jim Whittaker talks Everest, Earth Day

SEATTLE - May 1st is the 50th anniversary of the first American to climb Mt. Everest.

American icon Jim Whittaker was in Seattle Saturday, celebrating the day he planted the American flag firmly atop the mountain's summit.

Prior to the celebration, Whittaker sat down with KOMO News reporter Jeff Burnside to discuss the historical ascent.

In this unedited interview, Whittaker also speaks about Earth Day and the importance of environmental awareness amongst younger generations.