Seattle Mountain Rescue Founder Paul Williams (1925-2005)


Newspapers across the country report the passing of Seattle Mountain Rescue Founder Paul Williams.

Paul Williams reached the summit of Mount Rainier at least nine times, searched for Noah’s Ark in Turkey and trekked the Arctic in search of the remains of 19th-century British explorer John Franklin.

Williams was best remembered for setting up Seattle Mountain Rescue. A guide he wrote for dealing with mountain accidents still is used today.

Family members said he eagerly responded to every emergency, from minor calls to help a missing skier in the Cascades to the famous John Day rescue on Alaska’s Mount McKinley in 1960, when dozens of climbers from Washington and Oregon went to Alaska to help rescue climbers from Seattle.

He climbed nearly every peak in Washington and Oregon and made two attempts on Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua. He later was a ski patroller at Stevens Pass. He built a retirement home in Hansville in 1991.

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