Rainier and Space Needle “Too Much Seattle” on Washington Quarter?

The Seattle Times has a whimsical portrayal of designs for the Washington State quarter.
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David R. Mahre (1927-2005) First Ascent of Rainier Willis Wall

Willis Wall First Ascent on Rainier The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports David R. Mahre famed for his first ascent of Rainier’s Willis Wall and other Northwest ascents died after undergoing emergency heart surgery. He was 77.
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82 Year Old William Painter Breaks Own Oldest Rainier Summit Record

Mount Rainier KOIN reports William Painter broke the record he set last year as oldest man to summit Rainier (82).
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2 Airlifted Off Emmons Glacier on Rainier After 4 p.m. Summit Descent

KING5 reports the Oregon National Guard airlifted two hikers off of Emmons Glacier on Rainier.
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3 Fatalities on Sharkfin Tower in Worst Accident in Mountaineers History

Two Mountaineers instructors were killed on Sharkfin Tower in the North Cascades — the worst accident in the Club’s history.
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4 Airlifted After Falling Into Disappointment Cleaver Crevasse on Rainier

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports 4 in an RMI party were airlifted after falling into a crevasse at Disappointment Clever at 12,600 feet.


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Firefighter Falls 1000 Feet Down Gibralter Chute on Rainier

The Seattle Times reports Mike Berry fell 1,000 feet at Gibralter Chute on Rainier.
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Danielle Fisher of Washington State Completes 7 Summits At Age 20

Various sources report Danielle Fisher, of Bow, Washington, climbed Mount Everest to become the youngest to climb the 7 summits at age 20.
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2 Hypothermia Fatalities on Rainier’s Muir Snowfield

The News Tribune report 2 Lakewood climbers died on the Muir Snowfield in whiteout conditions on Rainier.
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Mike Gauthier Reports on Strange Behavior on Rainier

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interview with Rainier Climbing Ranger Mike Gauthier who notes he likes cell phones on Rainier although people leave some strange messages.
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Profile of Jerry Baille’s Peakbagger.Com Washington Highest List

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has a profile of the “Bulger” 100 Highest Washington Mountains listed at peakbagger.com
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RMI Expands Guide Service to 5 of 7 Summits

The News Tribune reports that Rainier Mountaineering Inc. which will lose its monoply to Rainier guided climbs in 2006 plans to leads trip to 5 of the 7 summits.
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USGS Lists 169 Volcanoes That Need to Be Watched

Spatial News reports the USGS has issued it first list of 169 U.S. volcanoes that need to be monitored through its National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS) .
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RMI Braces for Guide Layoffs With New Rainier Quotas and Competing Guide Services in 2006


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports RMI is bracing for guide layoffs as the National Park Service plans to divide guided services among three mountaineering companies in 2006 and climber quota go into effect.
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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.
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