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July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Jim Whittaker to join Wednesday fundraiser for Rainier search-and-rescue

If you read here recently about Kelly Jackson’s fundraising zeal after his rescue from an ill-fated climb of Mount Rainier, and were thinking of attending his West Seattle fundraiser Wednesday, here’s maybe another reason to go: Meet every Northwest climber’s idol, Jim Whittaker. Whittaker will be there selling and signing books and posters, with proceeds…


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September 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Get off your duff and meet Jim Whittaker (or at least hike his new trail)

Seattleite Jim Whittaker, shortly before he left for his historic climb of Mount Everest in 1963. (AP photo)

Seattleite Jim Whittaker shortly before he left for his historic climb of Mount Everest in 1963. (AP photo)

If you’re sitting around with nothing to do on a Thursday morning but wouldn’t mind meeting a living legend, head for Cougar Mountain to meet Jim Whittaker.

Whittaker will join King County Executive Dow Constantine at noon to mark the dedication of two trails in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, in honor of Whittaker and climbing partner Sherpa Nawang Gombu in this year of the 50th anniversary of their historic ascent of Mount Everest.

Whittaker, a Seattle native, became the first American to summit the planet’s highest mountain. It was also Gombu’s first ascent of Everest. A few years later he became the first person to climb Everest a second time.

In honor of the two climbers, the Wilderness Creek Trail and the Wilderness Peak Trail will now together be known as the Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail, totaling 1.9 miles. The 1.3-mile Wilderness Cliffs Trail will be


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