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Ex-Bellingham climber carrying on legacy of famed mountaineering family

Leif Whittaker: 'My heart and soul is in the Mount Baker backcountry'

In May 2010, Leif Whittaker climbed the Southeast Ridge of Mount Everest on the way to the summit. In 1963, his father, Jim Whittaker, was the first American to climb Everest. (Photo courtesy of Michael Brown)
By Elliott Almond CDN Contributor
PORT TOWNSEND — Leif Whittaker torqued his 6-foot-5 frame toward his playgrounds as we stood at th

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