The roots of Logic
"Everything I know, everything I believe in, I've learned from the mountains."
- Lou Whittaker
"Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn and grow the most."
- Jim Whittaker
When we say this is a way of life, it really is in our blood. My family and I have been guiding and climbing for over a half century and have collaborated with industry leading manufacturers along the way to improve the gear we use. After 65 years of teaming with manufacturers, and tagging a few summits along the way, we decided it was time to build our own gear. Exactly the way we need it to function.
- Peter Whittaker
Lou and Jim begin climbing and guiding on Rainier.
Lou on the summit of Denali, prototyping Eddie Bauer expedition down.
Jim becomes the 1st American to summit Everest in Eddie Bauer expedition down.
Jim consults and partners with Vibram soles.
Jim guides Bobby Kennedy up Mt. Kennedy in honor of his brother John F. Kennedy (JFK).
Lou buys Rainier Guide Service and forms Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (RMI).
Lou and RMI partner with JanSport and test products on Rainier.
Peter's first summit of Rainier, age 12.
Lou and JanSport create the first freestanding dome tent.
Lou and Jim on first American K2 expedition…suns out guns out!
Peter begins guiding on Rainier.
Jim leads first American ascent of K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world.
Lou partners with New Balance and creates the first lightweight trekking boot by putting a Vibram sole on a tennis shoe.
Lou and Peter guide and operate RMI Expeditions with multiple gear partners including: Helly Hansen, JanSport, New Balance and The North Face.
Lou leads the first American ascent of Everest's North Face. Peter's first Everest Expedition.
Peter launches Summits Adventure Travel, an international guide service, outfitting and guiding over 250 trips.
Peter collaborates with Salomon to develop and launch Adventure Series Hiking boots.
Lou leads first successful American expedition of Kangchenjunga, 3rd highest mountain in the world.
Peter partners with Marmot to collaborate on gear and apparel.
Peter guides oldest man and woman (at the time) up Mt. Vinson, Antarctica.
Peter co-founds Expedition Inspiration with Laura Evans, partners with JanSport and Marmot and leads 17 breast cancer survivors on Aconcagua raising $2.3 million for research and awareness.
Peter collapses Summits Adventure Travel and launches Whittaker Mountaineering, an outdoor speciality retail store at the base of Rainier.
Peter partners with Mountain Hardwear who becomes the official sponsor of RMI Expeditions and the primary partner of Whittaker Mountaineering.
Peter and Buck Knives form a licensing partnership to develop a speciality line.
Buck/Whittaker adventure knife series is launched with 24 products. Multiple products win industry awards.
Peter buys RMI Expeditions from Lou and takes the lead as CEO.
Peter collaborates, designs, tests, and markets mountain products with Mountain Hardwear, Buck Knives, JanSport, and Timberland. Industry awards are given for the Whittaker/JanSport pack and Buck/Whittaker Approach knife.
Peter enters into a partnership with Eddie Bauer to build a new line of mountaineering gear. All existing partnerships are terminated and a licensing relationship is formed. Nothing goes to market without Peter's final approval.
Peter assembles a select RMI Expeditions guide team to build 50 First Ascent products testing them on Rainier, Cotopaxi, and Aconcagua.
Final test of all products on Everest by Peter and his guide team.
May, First Ascent is launched.
Peter and his guide team collaborate with Eddie Bauer building First Ascent Gear.
First Ascent annual sales exceed $40 million.
Peter's Eddie Bauer contract converts from licensing to consulting.
December, Peter Whittaker – Eddie Bauer terminate relationship.
April, Peter begins next chapter building mountain gear, partners with Polartec, and launches MtnLogic.