004: Climbing Legend Lou Whittaker


Mark travels to Ashford, Washington to interview climbing legend Lou Whittaker. At 88 years young, he is as sassy and vibrant as he was in his 20’s. Lou talks about his early climbing days at Mt Rainier, founding RMI Guiding Company, Whittaker’s Bunkhouse and climbing major peaks around the globe.

He led the first ascent up the North Col on Mt. Everest in 1984 and has summited Mt. Rainier over 250 times with various clients among others. He now lives in Sun Valley, Idaho and Ashford and still enjoys the outdoors.

Interviewing him was a special privilege, as Mark grew up watching both Lou and his twin brother Jim scale peaks around the northwest. Lou and served as Mark’s inspiration to start climbing.

“Challenge is the main spring of all human endeavor.” – Lou Whittaker