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Lou Whitaker, who founded Rainier  Mountaineering Inc., passed away this week. 

Jim Whittaker, right, and twin brother Lou pause after descending from Camp Muir on Mount Rainier in June 1981. The brothers were part of a rescue party that searched for the bodies of 11 missing climbers buried by a wall of ice. Lou Whittaker died Sunday at age 95. Credit: AP AP file photo via The Olympian.

Lou Whittaker, among the most famous American mountaineers, has died at age 95

From the Associated Press via Tacoma’s News-Tribune:

Lou Whittaker, a legendary American mountaineer who helped lead ascents of Mount Everest, K2 and Denali, and who taught generations of climbers during his more than 250 trips up Mount Rainier, the tallest peak in Washington state, has died at age 95.

RMI Expeditions, the guide company he founded in 1969, confirmed that he died peacefully at home Sunday.

“Mountains were the source of his health, the wellspring of his confidence, and the stage for his triumphs, and he was one of the first to make mountaineering and its benefits accessible to the broader public,” the company said in statement posted to its website Wednesday. “His leadership made mountain guiding a true profession, with many of the world’s premier mountaineers benefiting from Lou’s tutelage.”

Whittaker and his twin brother Jim Whittaker — who in 1963 became the the first American to summit Everest — grew up in Seattle and began climbing in the 1940s with the Boy Scouts. At 16, they summited 7,965-foot (2,428-meter) Mount Olympus, the highest peak in the Olympic Mountains west of Seattle, Jim Whittaker recounted in his memoir, “A Life on the Edge.” When they reached the town of Port Angeles on their way home, they found cars honking and people celebrating: World War II had ended.

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