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    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Mountaineering Reports & Statistics

Annual Mountaineering Reports summarize highlights of the climbing program, including search-and-rescues, statistics, and climbing staff.

Summaries of climbing-related search-and-rescues that occurred in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002 are located on the Search and Rescue Report page.

Climbing Statistics are available from 1852 to 1897 and from 1950 to the present. Data available include the total number of climbers and the number of climbers who successfully reached the summit.

Did You Know?

The mountain's namesake: Rear Admiral Peter Rainier of the British Navy.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver of the British Navy became the first European to sail into the Puget Sound. On the horizon, he noted a large, snowy mountain, known to local Native Americans as Tahoma, Takhoma, or Tacobet. Vancouver named it for his colleague Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.