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(In the video above, Lou Whittaker invites you to attend a special screening of his documentary “A Life in the Mountains.” The video is contributed by Kelly and Brian Hight.)


Join renowned mountaineer and West Seattle native Lou Whittaker for a special presentation, “A Life in the Mountains,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at West Seattle High School Theater.

The event is a fundraiser for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. West Seattle High School is located at 3000 California Ave. S.W. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Media sponsor is Robinson Newspapers: the West Seattle Herald, Highline Times and Ballard News Tribune.

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West Seattle roots

Lou Whittaker

Lou Whittaker

Whittaker will speak about his West Seattle roots and screen an hour-long documentary, “A Life in the Mountains: The Legacy of Lou Whittaker.” He is especially pleased to make this presentation at his alma mater.

One of America’s most respected climbers for more than six decades, Whittaker began his mountaineering career as a teenager in the Pacific Northwest, climbing in the Olympic and Cascade ranges with his twin brother, Jim.

From Rainier to Everest

Whittaker’s name is synonymous with Mount Rainier, where he has guided thousands to its summit since his own first ascent of the mountain at age 19.

He stepped naturally into coveted spots on expeditions to formidable peaks in Alaska, the Himalaya and the Karakorum and went on to lead the expedition that made the first American ascent of the North Col pass on Mount Everest in 1984.

Luminaries on film

The documentary film examines the impact of Whittaker on the sport of mountaineering and how his efforts have changed the sport’s landscape. It features stories from Whittaker, his family and climbing luminaries Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Chris Bonington, Jim Wickwire and John Roskelley Sr.

How to order tickets Lou_Whittaker book

Admission to this event is $10 for members of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, and $15 for others. Annual memberships, available at the event, start at $25, with a rate of $15 for students and seniors.

Order tickets in advance by going to our home page and clicking “Order Tickets,” or you can pay at the door on May 19.

Book also raises funds

Copies of Lou’s book, Memoirs of a Mountain Guide, will be on sale at the event, and 50 percent of proceeds will go to our historical society.






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