Lee Tegner – Co-Founder of Tacoma Mountain Rescue

Lee Tegner who was co founder of the Tacoma Mountain Rescue in 1958 has passed. His credits include helping build the Camp Schurman cabin on Mount Rainier in the 1960s and helping erect Spire Rock in Spanaway in 1974.


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Nifty Photo of Rainier


Here’s a nifty photo of Rainier outlined in clouds.


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Former Rainier Climbing Ranger Joe Puryear Dies on Tibet Mountain

Joe Puryear, a former climbing ranger at Mount Rainier from 1996 to 2000, was killed on 24,170-foot Labuche Kang in Tibet on October 26, 2010. He had been climbing with David Gottlieb, the current lead ranger at Rainier. They had been blogging on climbtibet.blogspot.com. The peak had only been climbed once before (in 1987).


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Democrats Reported Endorsing Renaming Mount Rainier to Ti’ swaq

We can’t find a news report to verify this but Kalvin Satiacum sent us a message about the renaming of Mount Rainier to Ti’ swaq:

The resolution to restore the native name to the sacred mountain, has gained incredible momentum and was passed unanimously at the Washington State Democratic Central Commitee, and is now in the process of becoming a Bill, sponsored my Rep. John McCoy (Tulalip). Thanks all for continued support, and remind those to pick up similairities and put down differences.


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Rainier Climbing Fee May Increase from $30 to $50

Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has proposed increasing the climbing fee from $30 to as much as $50.


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Foot of Snow Forecast for Mount Rainier

The forecast for Mount Rainier today is a foot of snow. Summer’s over.


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Rainier Mountain Festival Sept. 11-12

The Rainier Mountain Festival is held each September and brings world class climbers to the mountain. In 2010 among the climbers participating are Ed Viesturs, Jim Whittaker, Dave Hahn, Peter Whittaker. Climbers will sign their books. There will be technique demonstrations and slideshows. The 2010 festival is September 11-12. It is at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford.


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Climbing Rainier’s Liberty Ridge in One Day

Here’s an item on climbing Rainier’s Liberty Ridge in one day. The route ascends 9,700 feet on slopes as steep as 55 degrees and over obstacles like an 80-degree ice pitch.


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Climbing Rainier in Three Days is Easier than Two

An article in the Seattle Times says it’s easier to climb Rainier in three days rather than the usual two.


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Almanac for Kids Says Mount Washington Is One of the Three Wettest and Coldest Places in the United State

Kentucky.com reports that the Almanac for Kids says the top three wettest places in the United States are Mount Washington, N.H., Quillayute, Wash. and Astoria, Ore. and that the three coldest places in the United States are Mount Washington, N.H., International Falls, Minn. and Marquette, Mich. That of course simply doesn’t sound right on both cases so we’ll have to take a look at it.


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