Lou Whittaker

American mountaineer

Lou Whittaker (born February 10, 1929)[1] is an American mountaineer, mountain guide, and businessman. He and his twin brother, Jim Whittaker are known mountain climbers.[2]

Lou Whittaker
Lou Whittaker on Mt. Rainier.jpg
Whittaker (left) in 1996 on Mount Rainier
Born (1929-02-10) February 10, 1929 (age 91)

Known for his mountain climbing experience, Whittaker became the most experienced glacier-travel guide by climbing Mount Rainier with over 250 summits. He created Rainier Mountaineering, developed a group of successful climbing-related businesses. He also led the first American ascent of the North Col of Mount Everest in 1984.[3]

He has also written about his experiences in Lou Whittaker - Memoirs of a Mountain Guide.


  1. "Lou Whittaker A mountaineering pioneer". TheNewsTribune.com. 2008-03-27.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Brothers synonymous with mountain climbing in Northwest". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. March 13, 1983. p. 43.
  3. * Lou Whittaker's page on the Rainer Mountaineering site

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