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LIFE Magazines with "Climbing" - related content :

Included here is information about Mountain Climbing, Rock Climbing, Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions and Explorations.
Covers, articles, photos, art, ads, more.

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Life Magazine Covers - All those related to climbing in any way.
Articles and other editorial content - Includes feature articles, news stories, lone photos, mention of climbers in other seasons, and such.
Advertisements - Includes non-product ads where they occur.

Collected here is the "Climbing" content of LIFE magazine that we have found thus far.
Where an issue has content in more than one category, it is listed in all applicable categories.
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Covers – "Climbing" related (View the Covers by rolling down this page - in chronological order on the right )

Life magazine 1909 North Pole cover
October 7, 1909
North Pole Number

Life Magazine October 7, 1909 : (First Life) Cover - Arctic explorer, art by Lejaren Hiller "In the spring a young man's fancy."
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NORTH POLE NUMBER. Cartoon by G. R. Davis "Miss Northey, two callers in one year." Editorial on Cook, Peary, and attaining the North Pole. Cartoon by Walter Tittle "Liar." Back From The Pole : MUCH topical humor and art about North Pole, most of the issue.

Life Magazine November 9, 1942 : Cover - Mountain Trooper, super photo of Walter Prager with ice ax.
US Mountain troops train amid snow, ice and rocks near Fort Lewis, Washington (early 10th Mountain Division).

Life Magazine December 31, 1945 : Cover - Mountain Climbing on Mt. Washington.
EXCELLENT photo essay - Mountain Climbing - Mountains and men by James Ramsey Ullman. Mountaineering articles include photos of James Ullman, Walter Prager, Georgia Engelhard, and lots of close-ups of rope and climbing technique.

Life Magazine July 13, 1953 : Cover - Everest victory : Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on Everest.
Feature articles about the first ascent of Everest (Everest's conquerors come back) - lots of candid photos from Banepa, Nepal. Tenzing's own words. Hillary's firsthand account - many pages with full color photos of the climb - a great moment in Mountaineering history. See also LIFE magazine June 29, 1953.

Life magazine 1942 mountain climbing cover
November 9, 1942
Mountain Trooper

Life Magazine October 11, 1954 : Color Cover - Conquest of K2.
Italians conquer the Unclimbable Peak - K2 - Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni - great color photos, another great moment in mountaineering history.

Life Magazine September 20, 1963 : Cover - US team climbs toward summit of Everest.
Long feature article : Mass conquest of Everest, includes William Unsoeld, great color photos of different stages of the climb, Jim Whittaker, Nawang Gombu, Tom Hornbein, Barry Bishop, and Lute Jerstad.

Life Magazine April 9, 1965 : Cover - Senator Kennedy on the summit of Mt. Kennedy, with family flag.
Our climb up Mt. Kennedy by Robert Kennedy, with photos of historic first summit of the Canadian mountain named for JFK.

Life Magazine August 1996 : Cover - Climbers on Everest.
Exclusive : what really happened on Everest.


Articles and other editorial content – "Climbing" related
Life Magazine September 30, 1909 : (First Life)
How I found the Pole, humor., Peary. Editorial on Peary and Cook.

Life Magazine October 7, 1909 : (First Life) Cover - Arctic explorer, art by Lejaren Hiller "In the spring a young man's fancy."
NORTH POLE NUMBER. Cartoon by G. R. Davis "Miss Northey, two callers in one year." Editorial on Cook, Peary, and attaining the North Pole. Cartoon by Walter Tittle "Liar." Back From The Pole : MUCH topical humor and art about North Pole, most of the issue.

Life magazine 1945 mountain climbing cover
December 31, 1945
Mountain Climbing

Life Magazine November 23, 1936 :
One legged man on a mountain, Roger Tschumi.

Life Magazine November 30, 1936 :
Mapping the Yukon The Walter Wood expedition, American Geographical Society, includes first ascent of Mt. Steele, aerial photo of Mt. Lucania, more.

Life Magazine December 14, 1936 :
First climb of Mt. Mystery (now Mt. Waddington) the highest peak in the coastal range of British Columbia by Fritz Wiessner, Alanson Willcox, William House, and Miss Elizabeth Woolsey (best woman skier in North America).

Life Magazine July 19, 1937 :
Himalayan climb of Nanda Devi, H. W. Tilman, Farnsworth Loomis, Charles S. Houston, Noel E. Odell, H. Adams Carter, T. Graham Brown, Peter Lloyd and Arthus B. Emmons III - article includes lots of photos and information on seven Germans who died in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat..

Life Magazine September 6, 1937 :
Awesome photos of in the Pamir mountains of Russia, Tajikistan.

Life Magazine September 27, 1937 :
Bradford Washburn is first to climb Mt. Lucania, Yukon territory - great photos, including airplane with skis.

Life magazine 1953 Everest cover
July 13, 1953
Everest

Life Magazine November 8, 1937 :
Night climbers of Cambridge, buildering.

Life Magazine August 8, 1938 :
World's highest scientific weather laboratories on Jungfrau mountain.

Life Magazine October 24, 1938 :
Photo of the week - Great mountaineering photo on ridge of Piz Bernina, Switzerland.

Life Magazine June 19, 1939 :
Parisians learn to climb mountains - the equivalent of today's indoor climbing gym - Neat!

Life Magazine October 30, 1939 :
Admiral Richard E. Byrd, unique snow carrier for crossing ice crevasses up to 15 feet wide.

Life Magazine November 13, 1939 :
Giant snow cruiser comes to grief in Mrs. Cleo Watkin's Ohio cow pasture (see also Byrd's expedition, October 30).

Life Magazine November 20, 1939 :
Wood expedition maps rugged Yukon territory, Roger Drury, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wood, Anderson Bakewell (neat photos of process of plotting maps from photos).

Life magazine 1954 Climbing K2
October 11, 1954
K2 Mountain

Life Magazine July 8, 1940 :
Admiral Byrd's Antarctic expedition finds 900 miles of new coastline, super excellent photos, maps of various routes, Marguerite Bay, cruiser "North Star", dog camp, and color art.

Life Magazine August 26, 1940 :
Life goes to Jasper National Park, includes photos of Dorothy Dale rock climbing on Edith Cavell with Swiss Guide Ernst Niederer, Two ski instructors from the Hannes Schneider ski school in New Hampshire skiing on Mt. Athabaska, the Hot sulphur pool at Miette Springs, Hikers on the Glacier of the Angel, and more.

Life Magazine January 20, 1941 :
Bradford Washburn party is first to climb Mt. Bertha on Fairweather Peninsula in Alaska (Incl. Barbara Washburn, Tom Winship, Lee Wilson, Maynard Miller, Alva Morrison, Lowell Thomas Jr., and Michl Feuersinger).

Life Magazine March 31, 1941 :
Students at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado rappel off the buildings, rock climbing.

Life Magazine November 9, 1942 : Cover - Mountain Trooper, super photo of Walter Prager with ice ax.
US Mountain troops train amid snow, ice and rocks near Fort Lewis, Washington (early 10th Mountain Division).

Life Magazine March 22, 1943 :
Army - Expedition to Mt. McKinley tests winter equipment - a very nice piece with lots of photos by Bradford Washburn.

Life Magazine December 31, 1945 : Cover - Mountain Climbing on Mt. Washington.
EXCELLENT photo essay - Mountain Climbing - Mountains and men by James Ramsey Ullman. Mountaineering articles include photos of James Ullman, Walter Prager, Georgia Engelhard, and lots of close-ups of rope and climbing technique.

Life magazine 1963 Everest
September 20, 1963
Everest - US Team

Life Magazine March 11, 1946 :
Exercise Musk Ox, an expedition that is a test of Arctic fighting for the Canadian army - lots of great photos, dog sleds, igloos, snow cats, much more.

Life Magazine September 2, 1946 :
Photo essay - Mountain glaciers.

Life Magazine December 23, 1946 :
Coed is killed on glacier, Hazel Martin on Isabel Glacier on Navajo peak in Colorado - gruesome photo.

Life Magazine August 11, 1947 :
First ascent of the Matterhorn, written by Frederick Lewis Allen - historic climbing article.

Life Magazine September 1, 1947 :
Exploration - Antarctic oasis - ice free lakes.

Life Magazine December 15, 1947 :
Himalaya mountain climbing - six new peaks scaled - Andre Roch, Alex Graven, Rene Dittert and Alfred Sutter and Annalies Lohner, Nepalese guides.

Life Magazine March 1, 1948 :
Elaborate Italian tombstones, such as mountain climber's monument.
Neat full page color Seagram's 7 whiskey ad with mountain climbing theme.

Life Magazine July 11, 1949 :
Seward Glacier, Alaska exploration led by Colonel Walter A. Wood - great color photos.

Life magazine 1965 Mt. Washington
April 9, 1965
Mt. Washington

Life Magazine October 3, 1949:
American finds mountain higher than Everest by Leonard Francis Clark - Amnyi Machen.

Life Magazine October 2, 1950 :
Earthquake in Assam region of India, raises Mount Everest 198 feet.

Life Magazine December 25, 1950 :
23 pages of Christmas fun in color for children, including Model locomotives trains , performing birds, climb the Matterhorn, Carnival toys, Breughel's games, and more.

Life Magazine February 26, 1951 :
Neat series of photos of released avalanche on Utah mountain.

Life Magazine May 14, 1951 :
Photo essay - Discovery of the North pole by Robert E. Peary - story with his original photos.

Life Magazine July 9, 1951 :
Trial by Ice by James Ramsey Ullman - First ascent of Annapurna (French), climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal.

Life Magazine August 27, 1951 :
String of mountain climbing accidents in the Alps, including Otto Furrer on the Matterhorn - photos include Hilda Erlanger, Hans Hohl, Rene Gallat, Claude Forget - super rescue and retrieval photos.

Life Magazine June 2, 1952 :
Climber Jessett killed on Mount St. Helens.

Life magazine cover 1996 Everest
August, 1996
Everest

Life Magazine July 21, 1952 :
Curious little piece about Mt. Everest still growing, a Swiss climber said it is up to 29, 610 feet.

Life Magazine January 19, 1953 :
Swiss climbers get unparalleled view of Mt. Everest - but cannot conquer it (great photos) : Norman Dyhrenfurth, Ernest Reiss, Raymond Lambert, Bhotia Tensing.

Life Magazine June 29, 1953 :
Exclusive pictures - Victory over Mt. Everest - an excellent bit of mountaineering and climbing history. (See also LIFE magazine July 13, 1953.)

Life Magazine July 13, 1953 : Cover - Everest victory : Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on Everest. Feature articles about the first ascent of Everest (Everest's conquerors come back) - lots of candid photos from Banepa, Nepal. Tenzing's own words. Hillary's firsthand account - many pages with full color photos of the climb - a great moment in Mountaineering history. See also LIFE magazine June 29, 1953.

Life Magazine October 5, 1953 :
Awesome photo of Mollie O'Dell in ice cave near summit of Mount Rainier.

Life Magazine November 30, 1953 :
Super photos of French guide and mountain climber Gaston Rebuffat doing aid climbing on a granite roof, cutting steps in ice, and standing on top of Aiguille de Roc.

Life Magazine December 14, 1953 :
Tragedy on Mt. Shasta, a climbing accident - Werner Hopf, photos of Jon Lindbergh, Vlado Kovalik and others.

Life Magazine December 21, 1953 :
French movie Annapurna about climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal.

Life Magazine March 29, 1954 :
Tough time for Everest climbers, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

Life Magazine May 10, 1954 :
The German federal border guard, Bundesgrenzschutz, BGS, includes mountain climbing and ski troops, ski patrol.

Life Magazine June 14, 1954 :
Mt. McKinley climbing rescue - Marton Wood, Elton Thayer, Leslie Vierck and George Argus, great climbing photos.

Life Magazine August 16, 1954 :
Short piece on the mountain K-2, Italian climbers make the first ascent, Mount Godwin Austen.

Life Magazine October 11, 1954 : Color Cover - Conquest of K2. Italians conquer the Unclimbable Peak - K2 - Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni - great color photos, another great moment in mountaineering history.

Life Magazine April 11, 1955 :
Antarctic visit of U.S. Navy ship U.S.S. Atka breaks ice for an international expedition - big new push to study antarctica.

Life Magazine August 29, 1955 :
Norwegians climb cliffs on a risky egg hunt.

Life Magazine November 28, 1955 :
Neat photo of weatherman John Warner mountain climbing with his pet cat, Kemano in British Columbia.

Life Magazine December 19, 1955 :
French Alps claim the life of Annapurna climber Louis Lachenal, he skied over a hidden snow bridge.

Life Magazine May 21, 1956 :
Welch climbers kidnapped into Red Tibet, Sydney Wignall, John Harrop, Damodar Suwal.

Life Magazine August 13, 1956 :
Nineteen mostly amateur climbers summit Mount Hood, but one is killed in the descent.

Life Magazine August 20, 1956 :
Photo essay - The camera eye vs. Dr. Frederic Cook, this is about controversy for climb of Mt. McKinley, major article.

Life Magazine August 27, 1956 :
A crowd of rock climbers shimmy up Devil's Tower.

Life Magazine January 14, 1957 :
Death in the faces of Mont Blanc climbers - Jean Vincendon and Francois Henry - a gruesome story of failed rescue attempt.

Life Magazine March 25, 1957 :
Admiral Byrd, hero of air and Antarctic, dies at 68.

Life Magazine April 1, 1957 :
Photo essay - The U.S. Antarctic team holed up in the South Pole, Dr. Paul Siple at the pole, John P. Strider and William A Gumbie Jr. are polar crew.

Life Magazine July 1, 1957 :
Photo essay - A breath-taking record of Swiss climb of Mt. Everest, with Wolfgang Diehl, Albert Eggler, Ernst Reiss, Jung Marmet, Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Schmied.

Life Magazine November 25, 1957 :
R.B. Robertson, LIFE correspondent, attempts to reach the south pole in the Antarctic, includes Earland Hedblom, John Findlay, John Rose, Conrad Gus Shinn.

Life Magazine August 4, 1958 :
Motorized British expedition across Antarctica with Vivian Bunny Fuchs and Edmund Hillary - exclusive interviews by Robert Manning, a fancy kind of snow cat.

Life Magazine June 9, 1958 :
Great photo of window washer doing a real buildering (climbing) move.

Life Magazine July 21, 1958 :
Neat climbing photo of rescue of John Sanders and William Garner from a Colorado canyon, I bet it was the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Life Magazine March 2, 1959 :
Rock climbers will like this photo of Lester Klein, Robert Rubin and William Shapiro studying while chimneyed up a narrow hallway.

Life Magazine December 28, 1959 :
The Great American playground, includes photos of baseball at a hill country school in Kentucky, climbers on the top of Mount Goddard in California, hikers in Bryce Canyon in Utah, Bass fishermen off Bull's Island in South Carolina, tubing on the Apple River in Wisconsin, Jeeping in the Colorado Rockies, Scuba divers in Pigeon Cover in Massachusetts, more.

Life Magazine March 14, 1960 :
Two page photo of a Hawaiian cliff (a HOLY COW photo) with trapped rock climber Roy W. Kocurek, he was climbing with Burr Osbonlighter - 2Neat got to hear from Ozzie, a treat.

Life Magazine June 6, 1960 :
Intrepid men on Mount McKinley - the most massive mountain rescue operation in history saves climbers on McKinley, Helga Bading, John Day of Oregon, Lou Whittaker, Jim Whittaker, Pete Schoening, rescuers or rescue organizers included Bradford Washburn, Piot Link Luckett, Rodman Wilson, pilot Don Sheldon, Paul Crews, others.

Life Magazine June 27, 1960 :
Follow-up letter and photo pertaining to Mt. McKinley rescue (LIFE June 6, 1960).

Life Magazine March 24, 1961 :
Four tough men climb the icy "Ogre" in Switzerland, mountain climbers on the Eiger, Toni Hiebeler, Andreas Mannhardt, Anton Kinshofer, Walter Almberger - first winter ascent.

Life Magazine May 12, 1961 :
Hillary expedition spends an oxygen-hungry winter in the Himalayas.

Life Magazine August 25, 1961 :
Up the impossible wall - Mt McKinley, Annibale Zucchi, Romano Perego, Ginacarlo Canali and Luigi Alippi amazing ascent photos. 2Neat was lucky enough to communicate in 2007 with a relative of Annibale!

Life Magazine November 17, 1961 :
Udall-san's Fuji feat, Interior Secretary summits Japanese mountain.

Life Magazine April 7, 1952 :
French explorers burned out of the home in the Antarctic.

Life Magazine February 15, 1963 :
Epic climbing feat, North wall of Great Lavaredo, 17 day winter ascent by Peter Siegert, Kauschke, and Uhner.

Life Magazine March 22, 1963 :
Commando Raid on Everest - Norm Hansen, Roger Hart, Hans-Peter Duttle, Woodrow Wilson Sayre, amateurs attempt the summit.

Life Magazine July 12, 1963 :
Small photo of Jim Whittaker, first American to summit Everest, and family.

Life Magazine September 20, 1963 : Cover - US team climbs toward summit of Everest.
Long feature article : Mass conquest of Everest, includes William Unsoeld, great color photos of different stages of the climb, Jim Whittaker, Nawang Gombu, Tom Hornbein, Barry Bishop, and Lute Jerstad.

Life Magazine October 11, 1963 :
Udall climbs Kilimanjaro.

Life Magazine February 7, 1964 :
33 beautiful girls in 100 seconds - lead in to new movie, “Man's favorite Sport” - photos in magazine include Patty Elder on Hara Kiri, Margaret Mason rappelling (climbing), Jan Barthel on trampoline, Birgitta Gulberg gymnast.

Life Magazine June 5, 1964 :
French mountaineers climb the Eiffel tower.

Life Magazine September 18, 1964 :
Skipper of the Sovereign is also a famous ornithologist and painter, Peter Scott of Britain, son of Captain Robert Falcon Scott who died on the way back from the South Pole.

Life Magazine April 2, 1965 :
Robert Kennedy on Mt. Kennedy, the climb he did with James W. Whittaker, (Jim Whittaker) and others.

Life Magazine April 9, 1965 : Cover - Senator Kennedy on the summit of Mt. Kennedy, with family flag.
Our climb up Mt. Kennedy by Robert Kennedy, with photos of historic first summit of the Canadian mountain named for JFK.

Life Magazine August 26, 1966 :
Six-day rescue of two German climbers on Mont Blanc's Dru Needle.

Life Magazine October 4, 1968 :
Nice full page plus color photo of Don Lauria and Dennis Hennek on the first two-man-team rock climbing ascent of the southeast face of El Capitan, Yosemite.

Life Magazine April 25, 1969 :
Investigation of mysterious death of Arctic explorer Charles F. Hall in 1871, includes photo of Dartmouth English professor Chauncey Loomis and Dr. Franklin Paddock.

Life Magazine June 27, 1969 :
Ascent of Prince Charles, him as a young man, playing polo, climbing Mt. Snowdon, riding in a go-cart with his little brother Edward, more.

Life Magazine November 20, 1970 :
Three-week El Capitan ordeal, this is a great rock climbing article, photos of Dean Caldwell, Warren Harding.

Life Magazine November 27, 1970 :
Cool full page color Alcoa aluminum ad with the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, rescuing Billy from Los Padres National Forest, photo of climber lowering emergency litter on ropes.
Surviving emergency situations as taught by Lute Jerstad and Willi Unsoeld, both from the US Everest team of 1963.

Life Magazine July 2, 1971 :
Major international assault on Everest defeated, photos include Sherpas, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Dougal Haston, Yvette Vaucher, Pierre Mazeaud, Harse Bahuguna, others mentioned in article, Khumbu icefall, they were apparently attempting the Southwest face.

Life Magazine September 3, 1971 :
Rock climbing devotees in the Shawangunks, with photos of John Stannard.

Life Magazine April 21, 1972 :
A very pretty four photo series of morning alpenglow on the Matterhorn, taken by climber Harry G. Polk.

Life Magazine June 30, 1972 :
19 years ago in Life - historic photos of man's first climb of Mt. Everest, and more.

Life Magazine October 13, 1972 :
Two neat full page photos of worker rappelling on Mount Rushmore to inspect it, climbing gear.

Life Magazine December 8, 1972 :
Great two page vertical color photo of climbers in an icefall on Mount Everest, Tony Tighe is shown shortly before an ice fall killed him.

Life Magazine Winter 1975 : Special Issue - The 1974 year in pictures.
Climbing the Pamirs – Americans and Russians climb Peak Lenin together, includes photos of climbers Christopher Wren, Molly Higgins, Gary Ullin.

Life Magazine Winter 1978 :
Neat photo of George Willig climbing the 1,350 foot high South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Life Magazine October 1978 :
Cold Splendor of Antarctica – photos by Eliot Porter.
Full page color Lord Calvert Canadian whisky ad with silhouette of rock climber rapelling.

Life Magazine August 1979 :
Veteran and rookie rock climbers scale the sheer cliffs of Colorado, Kevin Donald, Jim Collins, Eldorado, Jim Erickson, Steve Komito, Longs Peak the diamond, Molly Higgins, Jim Logan, Charlie Fowler, more.

Life Magazine July 1980 :
A neat photo of a climber on another mountain watching Mount St. Helens erupt.

Life Magazine October 1981 :
The ice frontier - explorers entering the Arctic.

Life Magazine September 1984 :
The ultimate dare - solo rock climbers in Yosemite, John Bachar, Ron Kauk - a very nice long piece with lots of photos.

Life Magazine February 1985 :
Life visits Wright Valley, Antarctica.

Life Magazine December 1985 :
Two page photo of a line of Pakistani porters marching up the snowy Baltoro glacier toward Gasherbrum 1 and 2, Italian team Quota 8000, Agostino Da Polenza, they reached both summits.

Life Magazine August 1989 :
A rock climber at the pinnacle of her profession, Lynn Hill.

Life Magazine Summer Special 1991 : Mount Rainier. Special Edition : Our National Parks.
Nature lovers - great historic photos of national park users, including washing clothes in Handkerchief Pool in Yellowstone in 1922, Roping glacier travel in Rocky Mountain National park in 1916, A big line of people glissading down Paradise Glacier in Mount RAinier park in 1926, A wedding party in Mammoth Cave in 1916, more.

Life Magazine September 1991 :
24 men and one woman plan to fly off the top of Everest, paragliding, includes reporter Claudia Dowling, Russell Brice,Steve Untch, Bill Barker, Mark Lemaire, Harry Taylor, Olav Ulvund, Rudy Lang (who died), Sam Roberts, John English, more.

Life Magazine April 1992 :
Way cool kind of buildering, kids plying on outside of a museum in Albania.

Life Magazine July 1994 :
Todd Skinner and Paul Piana - rock-climbing legends - great article with super photos.

Life Magazine February 1995 :
Bud Wiley on the job painting the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge, another job climbers would like.

Life Magazine March 1995 :
Way cool full page color photo of men working on the cables of the Pont de Normandie bridge, the men were spelunkers, climbers will like this photo!

Life Magazine May 1995 :
Norman Vaughn returns to Antarctica at age 89 to climb the mountain named for him by Admiral Byrd.

Life Magazine May 1996 :
VERY nice two page color photo of Ule Buhler climbing an impressive roof on the Schilthorn, Switzerland.

Life Magazine July 1996 :
Sylvain, who lives in Paris, likes to climb buildings - photographed with his new wife(?) atop the Church of Sainte-Clotilde.

Life Magazine August 1996 : Cover - Climbers on Everest.
Exclusive : what really happened on Everest, a well-done and gruesome story, incuding Scott Fischer, Lobsang, Anatoli Boukreev, and others.

Life Magazine November 1997 :
Project Bandaloop dancers on the face of El Capitan, rock climbing dancers, photos by Galen Rowell.

Life Magazine February 1999 :
Blind rock climber Erik Weihenmayer.


Advertisements – "Climbing" related
Though the product being advertised may not be the most interesting part of these ads, I've highlighted product names to help those seeking specific ads.

Life Magazine September 18, 1939 :
Full page Elgin watches ad with Robert Edison Fulton, Jr., explorer, mountain climber.

Life Magazine February 26, 1940 :
Full page color Camel cigarettes ad with U.S. Antarctic expedition and sled dogs, Richard Moulton.

Life Magazine September 21, 1942 :
Really neat full page color Canadian Club whiskey ad inside back cover with mountain climbing at Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Life Magazine January 21, 1946 :
Neat full page color Canadian club ad inside back cover with rappelling and mountaineering with William Hunter.

Life Magazine October 14, 1946 :
Cute little half page Mum deodorant ad with mountain climber and eagle.

Life Magazine July 14, 1947 :
Curious full page color Canadian Club whiskey ad with mountain climbing on the Riffelhorn, Arnold Gingrich.

Life Magazine August 25, 1947 :
Interesting full page Canadian Club whisky ad with buildering on Bohus Castle in Sweden, rock climbing, David Baldwin.

Life Magazine March 1, 1948 :
Elaborate Italian tombstones, such as mountain climber's monument.
Neat full page color Seagram's 7 whiskey ad with mountain climbing theme.

Life Magazine April 11, 1949 :
Curious half page Hanes underwear ad with mountain climber .

Life Magazine October 24, 1949 :
Full page color Corby's whiskey ad with art by Dave Mink, includes inset art on the climbing of Mt. Everest.

Life Magazine March 19, 1951 :
Full page color Canadian Club whiskey ad with mountain climbing theme.

Life Magazine December 17, 1951 :
Full page color ad for Pleasant Moments whiskey with Mountain Climbing theme by Paul Rabut.

Life Magazine March 17, 1952 :
Nice full page color Canadian Club whiskey ad with mountain climbing scenes, including ice axe, Walter Gonnason leaping crevasse and more.

Life Magazine October 4, 1954 :
Nice color ad for McGregor sportswear showing rappelling climber.

Life Magazine November 29, 1954 :
Full page Hiram Walker whiskey ad with mountain climber Fritz Lippmann, art by Sloan.

Life Magazine January 17, 1955 :
Full page B&W Bell & Howell ad featuring Mt. Everest and 70-DL.

Life Magazine March 11, 1957 :
Big adventure, full page color Canadian club whiskey ad, ice bridge breaks for climbers.

Life Magazine June 16, 1958 :
Full page color Coca-Cola ad with the Matterhorn mountain and Swiss scene.

Life Magazine October 20, 1958 :
Full page B&W Vitalis ad with mountain climber Walter Prager.

Life Magazine May 25, 1959 :
Full page color Bulova watch ad with curious rock climbing scene.

Life Magazine November 9, 1959 :
Excellent full page color Canadian Club whisky ad with Henri Dufour and climbing partner aid climbing on an overhang (a significant roof) on the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix.

Life Magazine November 8, 1963 :
Full page color Chesterfield cigarettes ad with rock climbing in Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado.

Life Magazine November 20, 1964 :
Neat full page color Canadian Club whisky ad with David Pugmire doing a tyrolean traverse of sorts, in the Dolomites of Italy.

Life Magazine June 20, 1969 :
Cute half page Breck shampoo ad with humorous mountain climbing scene, Dan Strodl, Matterhorn.

Life Magazine January 9, 1970 :
Neat two page ad with young mountaineers in Wyoming with Paul Petzoldt - for a Life-sponsored documentary movie.

Life Magazine July 17, 1970 :
Two page Atlantic Arco ad with Peary of the Arctic Circle and Brown of the Arco Circle.

January 1979 Life magazine mountain adLife Magazine November 27, 1970 :
Cool full page color Alcoa aluminum ad with the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, rescuing Billy from Los Padres National Forest, photo of climber lowering emergency litter on ropes.
Surviving emergency situations as taught by Lute Jerstad and Willi Unsoeld, both from the US Everest team of 1963.

Life Magazine December 25, 1970 :
Full page Lincoln Continental ad that includes man holding old style ice axe and climbing gold-line rope ... in the middle of a flat desert scene.

Life Magazine February 25, 1972 :
Full page Old Gold cigarettes ad with rock climbing theme, sort of.
Odd Canadian Club whiskey ad for curious sport of mountain hopping with a rocket pack, they call it jet age mountain climbing.

Life Magazine October 1978 :
Cold Splendor of Antarctica – photos by Eliot Porter.
Full page color Lord Calvert Canadian whisky ad with silhouette of rock climber rapelling.

Life Magazine January 1979 :
Full page color Grand Marnier liqueur ad with excellent rugged mountain view, Dhaulagri, 7th highest mountain in Nepal - identification courtesy of a 2Neat visitor from Telluride, Colorado, thanks!.

Life Magazine September 1983 :
Neat full page color Kodak ad with climber crossing a huge crevasse or ice fall zone on a kind of tyrolean traverse, roped aerial crossing.

Life Magazine January 1989 :
Nice full page color ad on back cover for Thai Airlines featuring the Bicentennial Everest Expedition. (in some issues only)

Life Magazine November 1990 :
Very nice four page fold-out Timex watches ad with three full pages of portraits and stories of three amazing people, Helen Thayer (skied to North Pole, polar explorer), Rodney Fox (survived Great White Shark attack), Edwin Robinson (was blind, had vision restored by lightning strike) - read it to believe it!