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Mount Rainier Climber Going For 500th Summit

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - On Friday, 56-year-old Mount Rainier climbing guide George Dunn plans to climb the mountain for the 500th time.

Friends and family are joining him for the climb to the top of the 14,410-foot peak. It will be the first trip to the summit for his 16-year-old son Jeremy.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports Dunn started climbing when he was in high school.

The 500 climbs add up to 9,000 miles of climbing, each climb a two- or three-day test of endurance. And it doesn't include the estimated 100 times he's had to turn around short of the summit because of weather or other hazards.
      

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