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Continued: St. Paul climber was following his dream of scaling Mount Rainier

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 2, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Mount Rainier, visible from Seattle on clear days, stands about 14,410 feet and attracts climbers from all over the world. Last year, about 11,000 people attempted to reach the summit. Usually about half of those trying to reach the top make it, according to the Park Service. It’s about the 17th highest mountain peak in the United States.


Staff Writer Jim Anderson contributed to this report.

Jennifer Bjorhus • 612-673-4683

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