The First Family of US Mountaineering

If there were such a thing as a First Family of American mountaineering, it would be the Whittakers. Twins Lou and Jim Whittaker first climbed Washington state's highest peak, Mount Rainier, in 1945, at age 16, and began participating in mountain rescues and guiding climbers a few years later. Jim went on to become the first American to summit Mount Everest, in 1963, and later became CEO of the Seattle-based outdoor retailer REI.

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