Book Tour Celebrates Second Edition of Mike Gauthier’s Rainier Climbing Guide

Mike Gauthier Rainier Climbing Guide Screenshot Rainier Climbing Ranger Mike Gauthier is embarking on a national book tour to celebrate the second edition of his famous “Rainier Climbing Guide.” The new edition has quite a bit of additional information on: Training, Guiding, Glaciers, History, Biographies and over 60 new
images, many of which are aerial.

The April edition of Seattle Magazine kicked things off with a lengthy piece. The Los Angeles Times ran an article on April 12 with many of Mike’s own pictures.

The Los Angeles Times article may well be one of the best profiles ever written on Gauthier (dubbed Gator by friends) as it traces Gauthier’s transformation in 1995 from just a seasonal ranger to the climbing ranger. The cause for the transformation was when two fellow rangers were killed on the mountain and Gauthier saw how unprepared they were with their crampoons duct taped on. Gauthier revamped rescue operations at Mt. Rainier by insisting that team members be climbers first, rangers second. He’s become a part of local lore for his ability to fish the fallen out of crevasses and lead the stranded out of harm’s way.

The article notes “The deadliest common denominator for Mt. Rainier climbers is the Muir snowfield below Camp Muir at 10,400 feet. The snow consistency varies with exposure to the sun. An easy glissade in soft snow becomes uncontrollable in icier, shaded spots.”
Gautheir said the choice of a partner is the most important decision you make on Rainier.

“Fitness is a huge factor,” Gauthier says. Many climbers “like to blame weather, glaciers and other things, but people who are generally strong still will push on to the summit.”

The associated text box notes:

There are about 40 routes up Washington’s high point. Last year, 4,951 climbers made it to the top.

First climbed: 1870, Hazard Stevens, Philemon Beecher Van Trump (John Muir summitted in 1888)

Speedy ascent: 4 hours, 59 minutes by Chad Kellogg (from Paradise trail head to summit and back in 2004); the route normally takes two days.

The book tour schedule:
Book tour dates and locations


RENO, NV
April 19, Tuesday
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Place: Patagonia, 8550 White Fir Street Reno, NV

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Private

Contact: Mike Colpo: 888-500-0046

April 21, Thursday

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 2225 Harvard Way, Reno, NV

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: 775-828-9090

Tacoma, WA
May 3, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Mountaineers Club-Tacoma Branch, 2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Dan Lauren, Climbing Chair, Tacoma Mountaineers,
dan.lauren@weyerhaeuser.com, or 253-924-3309

Olympia, WA
May 4, Wednesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Alpine Experience, 408 Olympia Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Dave Sandford, 360-956-1699 or dave@alpinex.com

Hillsboro, OR
May 10, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 2235 NW Allie Avenue (NW 194th at Cornell), Hillsboro, OR

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Janet Schmidt, jschmid@rei.com or 503-283-1300

PORTLAND, OR
May 11, Wednesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 1405 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Janet Schmidt, jschmid@rei.com or 503-283-1300

SEATTLE, WA
May 12, Thursday
Time: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. presentation

Place: Microsoft, 11/1021 Research Lecture Room, Redmond, WA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Lynn Finnel, lynnf@microsoft.com

BREMERTON, WA
May 12, Thursday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Olympic Mountaineers, Kitsap Cabin

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Kate Kuhlman kate@greatpeninsula.org or Kathy Parker
parker.katherine@epa.gov

SEATTLE, WA
May 18, Wednesday
Time: 7:00 p.m. refreshments and book signing

8:00 p.m. presentation

Place: Feathered Friends, 119 Yale Avenue North, Seattle, WA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: $6

Contact: Jeff Greiner, Feathered Friends, jeff@featheredfriends.com or
206-292-2210

BERKELEY, CA
May 24, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. (near Gilman), Berkeley, CA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Polly Bolling, REI, 510-527-4140 or pbollin@rei.com

SAN JOSE, CA
May 25, Wednesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 400 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, CA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: Polly Bolling, REI, 510-527-4140 or pbollin@rei.com

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA
May 31, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 12218 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: REI, 909-646-8360

Manhattan Beach, CA
Wednesday, June 1
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 1800 Rosecrans Ave Ste E., Manhattan Beach, CA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: REI, 310-727-0728

Santa Ana, CA
Thursday, June 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: REI, 1411 Village Way (McFadden Place), Santa Ana, CA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Free

Contact: REI, 714-543-4142

VENTURA, CA
TBA: Either June 1, 2, or 3.

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Place: Patagonia, 259 W. Santa Clara Dr. Ventura, CA

Event: Slide show followed by Q&A and book signing
Admission: Private

Contact: Andy Marker, 805-667-4828 direct andy_marker@patagonia.com

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