This video was part of the history project for the 2009 Mountain Rescue Association 50th Anniversary. Jim Whittaker is a world-renowned mountaineer and the first US Citizen on top of Mount Everest. In the 1950's he was one of the early members of Seattle Mountain Rescue and participated in many operations in the Northwest. For more on mountain rescue history you can find the documentary film "Mountains Don't Care, But We Do!" at the web site topographmedia.com.