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A Record of the Explorations and Ascents, Triumphs and Tragedies on the Northwest's Greatest Mountain

Originally published in 1971, The Challenge of Rainier is a classic in mountaineering reference and literature, long considered the definitive work on the climbing history of Mount Rainier.

Author Dee Molenaar covers geology, glaciology, and climate; early climbs dating before 1900; the pioneering efforts on over 35 routes in winter and summer; notable summit climbs; mountain tragedies on the steep slopes; and the guides who have led summit seekers over the years. For the 40th anniversary edition new information includes more recent ascents, rescues, mountain guides, and climbing trends; updated statistics through 2010; and a new foreword by famed climber (and former Rainier guide) Ed Viesturs.

    • Featuring 125 photos, 90 illustrations, and 15 maps
    • Original cover art byDee Molenaar

    • 400 pages
    • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
    • ISBN: 978-1-59485-520-7
    • Published: Sep 14, 2011

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    A Record of the Explorations and Ascents, Triumphs and Tragedies on the Northwest's Greatest Mountain

    Originally published in 1971, The Challenge of Rainier is a classic in mountaineering reference and literature, long considered the definitive work on the climbing history of Mount Rainier.

    Author Dee Molenaar covers geology, glaciology, and climate; early climbs dating before 1900; the pioneering efforts on over 35 routes in winter and summer; notable summit climbs; mountain tragedies on the steep slopes; and the guides who have led summit seekers over the years. For the 40th anniversary edition new information includes more recent ascents, rescues, mountain guides, and climbing trends; updated statistics through 2010; and a new foreword by famed climber (and former Rainier guide) Ed Viesturs.

      Details/Features
      • Featuring 125 photos, 90 illustrations, and 15 maps
      • Original cover art byDee Molenaar
      Specs

      • 400 pages
      • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
      • ISBN: 978-1-59485-520-7
      • Published: Sep 14, 2011

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      Connor Lewis
      Essential for the Upcoming Rainier Climb

      This is an essential piece of prep for a summit attempt on rainier. Amazing details and and engaging read.

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      Steve McLaughlin - NW Mountaineering
      If You Love the Mountain, “The Challenge of Rainier” is a Must Read!

      I’m still reading this book in detail. The author does a magnificent job describe the geologic, and glacial features on Mount Rainier. He provides the reader with a fantastic history of exploration, natural history, climbing routes, and park history. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.

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