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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2 edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898869560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898869569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Mike Gauthier is a veteran climber and the lead climbing and mountain rescue ranger at Mount Rainier -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

If you're looking for an experienced author, it doesn't get much better...[Gauthier is] the lead climbing ranger at the park. -- Everett Herald

About the Author

Mike Gauthier is Lead Climbing Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. In 1998, he was named a Wilderness Rescue Hero by the American Red Cross. In 2004, Men's Journal named him one of the 25 Toughest Men in America. He lives in Mount Rainier National Park.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christina C. Forbes on August 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm not much of a mountain climber at all...Mount Rainier is one of the very few mountains I've ever stepped foot on. Mike's book was still highly entertaining to read for stories or general infactuation with climbing.

I'd sit on a high ridge somewhere in the park ([First] Borroughs Mountain and Plummer/Pinnacle Peaks are great places for that...) and just compare the pictures with the mountain...the routes are clearly marked and explained including all access trails and possible dangers. It's got a lot of personal and relative stories that, once more, amuse more than climbers alone.

The new edition also covers glaciers by Paul Kennard, the regional fluvial geomorphologist of that area. More medical advice and guide advice too--it covers a good range of Mount Rainier necessary information. It's one of the most (if not the top) personal books on climbing Rainier I've found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Tidswell on December 9, 2010
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This book was just what I was looking for. It was very informational and gave me everything that I wanted to know about hiking the mountain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Imbruglia on March 18, 2008
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This book is a great read for anyone interested in climbing Mt. Rainier. It seems targeted for beginner to mid-level climbers, as safety is plainly paramount. Let's not forget, Mike Gauthier is the Head Climbing Ranger at Mt. Rainier. When individuals get in trouble at Mt. Rainier, he very likely will be involved in their rescue.

The first part of the book is information about the mountain and the park. It is well written and easy to read. Even non-climbers will likely find this interesting. The latter part of the book is the actual route decriptions. They are properly brief, but descript enough to make sure the reader will be able to find their way.

This book is unique because the author approaches it as not just someone who has climbed all these routes, but more importantly someone who has been involved in years of rescues. Gauthier obviously has first hand experience climbing routes of all difficulty at Mt. Rainier, but his more valuable lessons have come from the years of rescuing. He has witnessed the mistakes climbers have made, and wisdom from those mistakes is clearly more valueable than uneventful ascents, regardless of how impressive. His writing very much encourages a trip to The Mountain, but at the same time he makes the dangers clear.
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The good is decent but is lacking some more specific details that I was looking for. I was curios about things like seasons that require snow shoes and snow shovels and there was nothing about it. Half to 3/4 of the book is just all of the different routes. It helped me narrow down the routes I was going to decide to take and the alternates and gave me a great jumping off place for additional research.
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By Stuts on October 24, 2013
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I am planning on climbing Mt. Rainier next summer with my son, and this book was perfect for an overview and laying out the best routes. Highly recommended.
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By John on September 12, 2012
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This book is a great read. It is very knowledgeable. The author is very detailed and paints a great picture of the climb of Mount Rainier. Excellent book for anyone looking for more information on Rainier or looking to summit the mountain.
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