STUDIO CITY ( — American mountaineer Jim Whittaker appeared on KCAL9 News on Saturday morning to discuss his autobiography.

The book, titled “A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond,” chronicles Whittaker’s business triumphs and losses, as well as, a divorce, and a passionate new love later in life.

Whittaker became the first American to summit Mount Everest in 1963.

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