Lou Whittaker

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Lou Whittaker
Lou Whittaker on Mt. Rainier.jpg
Whittaker (left) in 1996 on Mount Rainier
Born (1929-02-10) February 10, 1929 (age 89)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Mountaineer

Lou Whittaker (born February 10, 1929)[1] is a mountaineer and glacier-travel guide. Whittaker and his twin brother, Jim, were born and raised in Seattle.[2]

Besides his worldwide climbing experience, Whittaker became the most experienced guide for climbing Mount Rainier with over 250 summits and established Rainier Mountaineering, developed a group of successful climbing-related businesses at the Rainier Base Camp in Ashford, 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.[3]

He has recorded his experiences in Lou Whittaker - Memoirs of a Mountain Guide, written with Andrea Gabbard.


  1. ^ "Lou Whittaker A mountaineering pioneer". TheNewsTribune.com. 2008-03-27. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Brothers synonymous with mountain climbing in Northwest". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. March 13, 1983. p. 43. 
  3. ^ * Lou Whittaker's page on the Rainer Mountaineering site

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