George Dunn’s quest to be the first person to climb Mount Rainier 500 times has been postponed a day.
Dunn started his climb with family and friends Thursday, a day later than originally planned. The guide and director for International Mountain Guides will spend today at Camp Muir and leave for the summit sometime shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.
If all goes as planned he should reach the summit for the 500th time early Saturday morning.
Dunn climbed Rainier for the first time in the late 1960s (He thinks it was ’69, but he’s not sure) while attending Renton High. He started guiding for RMI in 1975. In ‘76 he set a record by climbing the 14,411-foot mountain 30 times.
Dunn has since climbed Mount Rainier more than anybody else. His 499 summits is 60 more than IMG partner Phil Ershler. Ershler has the second most Rainier summits and is part of Dunn’s climbing party.
IMG plans to host a party in Dunn’s honor on Saturday night.