Lou Whittaker (left) in 1996 on Mount Rainier. Photo by Erik Charlton
February 10, 1929 |
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Lou Whittaker (born February 10, 1929) is a mountaineer and glacier-travel guide.
Besides his worldwide climbing experience, he became the most experienced guide for climbing Mount Rainier with over 250 summits and established Rainier Mountaineering Inc., developed a group of successful climbing-related businesses at the Rainier Base Camp in Ashford, Washington, adjacent to Mount Rainier National Park, and led the training of several generations of Rainier guides, many of whom continue to guide and climb elsewhere. He also led the first American ascent of the North Col of Mount Everest in 1984.
He has recorded his experiences in Lou Whittaker - Memoirs of a Mountain Guide, written with Andrea Gabbard.
- Lou Whittaker's page on the Rainer Mountaineering, Inc site
- Lou Whittaker: Memoirs of a Mountain Guide at Google Books
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