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Subject: Mountaineer Dee Molenaar

Dies at 101
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Date Posted: Monday, January 20, 05:16:30pm

anuary 20, 2020
At 101 Dee Molenaar died
by Alessandro Filippi At 101 years of age Dee Molenaar (he was born on June 21, 1918) died American mountaineer of Dutch origins who boasted the second ascent of Mount Saint Elias, in Alaska, in 1946 (the first was made by the expedition of the Duke of Abruzzi in 1897! ), the first of Mount Kennedy, in the Yukon, with Jim Whittaker and Robert Kennedy in 1965, many routes on "his" Mount Rainier (his book "The Challengo of Rainier" is famous) and above all the participation in the third American expedition to K2 , in 1953. The expedition led by Charles Houston was stopped by a storm at 7750, where Molenaar, who was also an established painter, made what probably remains the painting done at the highest altitude. Then there was the famous retreat, always in the storm, to try to save the life of Art Gilkey, victim of embolism, and the general fall miraculously interrupted, thanks to the crossing of the ropes, from the ice ax with which Pete Schoening was making safety to Gilkey and Molenaar himself. Geologist, he had also been part of the Mountain Rescue and Safety Council, a group that later evolved into the Mountain Rescue Association.


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