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Upcoming Event at Port Townsend Public Library
My Old Man and the Mountain with Leif Whittaker
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Apr. 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join Leif Whittaker for an author talk about his memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain, which is his engaging and humorous story of what it was like to "grow up Whittaker" the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts, in an extended family of accomplished climbers. He shares glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early on. With wry honesty he depicts being a recent college grad, still living in his parents' home and trying to find a purpose in life digging ditches, building houses, selling t-shirts to tourists until a chance encounter leads to the opportunity to climb Everest, just like his father did. 

Leif Whittaker was born in Port Townsend, Washington, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. He reached his first major summit when he was 15 years old; he has since climbed many of the world's tall mountains. A writer and a photographer, Leif's work has appeared in Powder, The Ski Journal, and Backcountry. Leif lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a seasonal USFS climbing ranger on Mount Baker. Visit him online at
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