Updated for its 40th anniversary, The Challenge of Rainier
is the first complete documentation of the climbing history of Mount Rainier.
Author: Dee Molenaar
Softcover; 430 pages; black-and-white photographs and maps
The Mountaineers Books; copyright 2011
Covers the geology, glaciology and climate; the discovery and early climbs before 1900; the pioneering efforts on over 35 routes
Includes notable summit climbs and mountain tragedies, plus the guides who have led the way
The author is a former summit guide and park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park and has been to the summit more than 50 times ovre a dozen routes
Includes foreword by Ed Viesturs
In his classic work of climbing history,The Challenge of Rainier, Dee Molenaar has gathered the human history of Mount Rainier from the first European observations of the mountain in 1792 through the early explorations, historic climbs, and development of the national park, to modern-day speed records and quirky “firsts.” He has drawn not only on his on 70-year history with the mountain but also on interviews with notable figures and on guide and park records to compile basic facts about getting around the mountain, personal anecdotes and accounts of some of the tragedies and amazing survivals that have occurred on its flanks.
The 40th Anniversary edition includes restored illustrations and historical photographs, and a new foreword by Ed Viesturs.