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One of Americas most respected climbers for more than six decades, Lou Whittaker began his mountaineering career as a teenager in the Pacific Northwest, climbing in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains with his twin brother, Jim. He stepped naturally into coveted spots on expeditions to formidable peaks in Alaska, the Himalaya and the Karakorum, and went on to lead the expedition that made the first American ascent of the North Col on Everest in 1984. 

To north westerners, Lou’s name is synonymous with Mount Rainier, where he has guided thousands to its summit since his own first ascent of the mountain at age nineteen.