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Challenge of Rainier 40th Anniversary: A Record of the Explorations and Ascents, Triumphs and Tragedies on the Northwest's Greatest Mountain Paperback – August 1, 2011


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An alpine icon since 1950s, author Dee Molenaar has climbed mountains throughout the world. After summiting Mount Rainier more than 50 times and traveling the park's high country over many years, he authored THE CHALLENGE OF RAINIER, his award winning definitive work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 4 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159485520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594855207
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Retired for some 30 years from the U.S. Geological Survey, Dee, at age 94, spends much of his leisure time painting alpine landscapes and pictorial landform maps, and preparing sketches that appear in numerous climbers guidebooks and autobiographies

Born to Dutch immigrant parents in Los Angeles in 1918, Dee Molenaar spent his youth exploring the seashores, mountains, and deserts of Southern California. He extended his climbing horizons to the Pacific Northwest where he spent several years as summit guide and park ranger at Mount Rainier. After climbing Rainier some 50 times via 15 routes, including three "firsts," and traveling the park's high country for many years, in 1971 he authored The Challenge of Rainier, the award-winning and continually updated "definitive work" on the peak's climbing history. In 2011 the book was redesigned for a Special 40th Anniversary Edition.

During World War II Molenaar served as photographer in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Aleutians and Western Pacific. In 1950 he earned a B.Sc. in geology at the University of Washington--and a "Big W " in pole-vaulting, He then served briefly as civilian advisor in the Army's Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command at Camp Hale, Colorado and Camp Drum, New York. His career in geology took him to Alaska, Colorado, Utah, and Washington, where he retired from the USGS in 1983. Molenaar has climbed mountains throughout the western U.S., Canada, Alaska, the Alps, and Himalaya,and geology- and map-oriented treks to Mount Everest and Peru. He participated in major expeditions, in 1946 to Alaska's 18,100-foot Mt. St. Elias, world's highest coastal peak, and in 1953 to K2, on the famed but tragedy-marred American attempt led by Dr. Charlie Houston.

An important part of Molenaar's climbing pack has been a small box of watercolors, with which he has painted mountain scenes from below sea level in Death Valley to 25,000 feet on K2--the world's highest Earth-bound artistic effort. Dee's love of the high, open world of rock and ice and fringing meadow zone is reflected in his watercolors, oils, and pencil sketches, which are in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Russia, and China. His maps and artwork appear in state park, and Forest Service and Park Service exhibits, ski-area brochures and numerous climbers' guides and autobiographies. In his "retirement" Dee continues in his artwork, and writing and lecturing about his mountain travels.

In April this year Dee was honored by The American Alpine Club by induction into the club's "Hall of Mountaineering Excellence" and in May by The Mountaineers club in Seattle by presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dee and Colleen, his long-supportive wife of nearly 60 years, have a daughter and two sons, and granddaughter and three grandsons and live in a 1930s vintage home on rural acreage in southern Kitsap County, Washington.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Westman on November 3, 2013
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This is an updated version of an old classic and covers the history of Mt. Rainier with an emphasis on climbing, including first assents via numerous routes. Some of the earlier climbers mentioned went on to be very well known such as the Whittaker brothers, Willy Unsoeld and many others. Would any account of Rainier not mention Fred Beckey, of course not. Additions of newer materials some from 2011 are included.

My only criticism, regret actually, was that a number of newer SARs (Search and Rescue missions) were not included. I was a ranger at Mt. Rainier in more recent years and participated in some of the more recent missions mentioned by Dee. But in 1999 five people disappeared on the mountain and only two bodies were recovered. Searches extended from the summit to the Nisqually river and extended from mid-May to mid-November; essentially all we did that summer season was search.

Nevertheless if you love mountains and mountaineering this book should be in your library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kekoa Gabriel on December 24, 2013
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I am an avid outdoorsman though not a climber and have never climbed Rainier nor am I particularly interested in climbing it. The author's experiences, descriptions of climbs and adventures, and detailing the character of people whom he know make this a fascinating read. I have an enormous respect for those who take on the challenge of the big mountain and the brotherhood that exists between these people. This books contains the history of climbing and adventure on the mountain going back before the first climb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charmaine C. Baker on January 4, 2014
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This was a Christmas gift for my husband. He is a mountaineer and so he was pleased with this gift. It arrived before you said it would and I love being able to purchase things from Amazon with one click. It makes life easy for sure.
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By Lori Cagle on November 28, 2014
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