Mountain festival aims high

This weekend's Rainier Mountain Festival will feature Alpine Games, a benefit five-mile run, an opportunity to meet famed mountaineers and a chance to learn about alpine climbing on Saturday and Sunday at Rainier Basecamp, Ashford.

Also scheduled is a raffle of more than $10,000 worth of gear with all proceeds benefiting the Mount Tahoma Trail Association, a chance to meet famed mountaineers such as Dave Hahn, Ed Viesturs and Jim, Lou and Peter Whittaker and personal video presentations and slide shows by noted climbers. During mountaineering technique demonstrations, you can get hints from mountain guides about fitting a backpack, stove selection, boot fitting, securing a tent against bad weather and selecting food for your adventure.

Children’s activities include supervised climbs on the rock wall and games. There also will be food and music both days.

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