Don McCune Library

Mt. Rainier Climbs

Mt. Rainier Climbs
80 minutes - $24.95

This DVD includes the two programs described below.

Mount Rainier Climb
50 minutes · 1968

Discover the beauty and ever-present danger in this first-ever-filmed winter climb of Mount Rainier's north face via the Liberty Ridge route. Members of the climbing team were:
Harthon Sandy Bill, Warren Bleser, Dave Mahre, Dee Molenaar, Lee Nelson, Peter Renz and Rob Schaller. The climbers barely escape disaster in this program.

Here's an excerpt from the show by writer/narrator Don McCune: "A group of experienced climbers led by Dee Molenaar and Lee Nelson set their sights on Liberty Cap via Liberty Ridge, the northern-most of Mount Rainier's three summits. Plagued by bad weather and hampered by powder snow on top of hard ice, this dangerous adventure takes place on Rainier's rugged north face in what is the first film ever taken of a winter climb in that area.

A sleeping giant, its cratered summit as yet unflawed by erosion, Mount Rainier was born in the millenia past, yet so recent that pumice still grinds underfoot. Around its lofty cone, steam vents betray its fiery origin and the reek of sulphur fouls the high, thin air. Scarred by the massive forces of its creation and bursting with raw power, there is also the sense of unlimited peace.”
Originally aired under the KOMO title “Assualt on Liberty Ridge."

Twelve Men and a Mountain
30 minutes - 1968

Climbing guide George Senner leads Lud Kramer, Joel Pritchard, Walter Williams, Joe Porteus and others on a successful expedition to the summit of Mount Rainier via the Ingraham route to Camp Muir, up behind Gibraltar and Cathedral Rocks and on up the Ingraham Glacier to the Columbia Crest.