Timeline

Years in the Making

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

Then
Now

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

1950s

Lou and Jim begin climbing and guiding on Rainier.

Lou and Jim Whittaker 1950s

Lou on the summit of Denali, prototyping Eddie Bauer expedition down.

1960

Lou Whittaker Denali Summit

1963

Jim becomes the 1st American to summit Everest in Eddie Bauer expedition down.

Jim Whittaker on Everest

Jim consults and partners with Vibram soles.

1964

Jim guides Bobby Kennedy up Mt. Kennedy in honor of his brother John F. Kennedy (JFK).

1965

Jim Whittaker and Bobby Kennedy

1969

Lou buys Rainier Guide Service and forms Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (RMI).

RMI Expeditions

Lou and RMI partner with JanSport and test products on Rainier.

1970

Peter's first summit of Rainier, age 12.

1971

Peter Whittaker Age 12 on Rainier

1971

Lou and JanSport create the first freestanding dome tent.

First Dome Tent

Lou and Jim on first American K2 expedition…suns out guns out!

1975

Lou and Jim Whittaker on their first K2 Expedition

1975

Peter begins guiding on Rainier.

Peter Whittaker first Guiding Experience

Jim leads first American ascent of K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world.

1978

K2

1980

Lou partners with New Balance and creates the first lightweight trekking boot by putting a Vibram sole on a tennis shoe.

Peter Whittaker first Guiding Experience Everest North Wall

Lou and Peter guide and operate RMI Expeditions with multiple gear partners including: Helly Hansen, JanSport, New Balance and The North Face.

1980s

Lou leads the first American ascent of Everest's North Face. Peter's first Everest Expedition.

1984

K2

1985

Peter launches Summits Adventure Travel, an international guide service, outfitting and guiding over 250 trips.

Summits Adventure Travel

Peter collaborates with Salomon to develop and launch Adventure Series Hiking boots.

1988

Lou leads first successful American expedition of Kangchenjunga, 3rd highest mountain in the world.

1989

Kangchenjunga

1990

Peter partners with Marmot to collaborate on gear and apparel.

Summits Adventure Travel

1992

Peter guides oldest man and woman (at the time) up Mt. Vinson, Antarctica.

Plane To Antartica

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.

1995

Expedition Inspiration Logo

1998

Peter collapses Summits Adventure Travel and launches Whittaker Mountaineering, an outdoor speciality retail store at the base of Rainier.

Whittaker Mountaineering

Peter partners with Mountain Hardwear who becomes the official sponsor of RMI Expeditions and the primary partner of Whittaker Mountaineering.

1999

2000

Peter and Buck Knives form a licensing partnership to develop a speciality line.

Buck Whittaker Logo

Buck/Whittaker adventure knife series is launched with 24 products. Multiple products win industry awards.

2001

Buck Knives

2006

Peter buys RMI Expeditions from Lou and takes the lead as CEO.

'02-'07

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.

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.

2008

Peter Whittaker for First Ascent

2008

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.

2009

Peter Whittaker on Everest

2009

May, First Ascent is launched.

'10-'11

Peter and his guide team collaborate with Eddie Bauer building First Ascent Gear.

2012

First Ascent annual sales exceed $40 million.

Peter's Eddie Bauer contract converts from licensing to consulting.

2013

December, Peter Whittaker – Eddie Bauer terminate relationship.

2015

2016

April, Peter begins next chapter building mountain gear, partners with Polartec, and launches MtnLogic.

MtnLogic and Polartec Collaboration