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Willi Unsoeld ( Cave Junction 1950 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Willi died March 4,1979 in an avalanche on Mt. Rainier. He was leading a group of his students from Evergreen College. He had degrees from Oberlin, Univ. of California Berkeley and his Ph.E from the University of Washington. Willi was one of the most well known climbers of his time. He led the first successful ascent of Masherbrun(25,660') in 1960. Willi's most noted climb was with Tom Hornbein when they became the first ever to ascend Mt. Everest via the West Ridge route in 1963. It was during this climb that they set an altitude record with a forced bivouac at 28,000'...