Rainier search and rescue fundraiser will be joined by Jim Whittaker on Wednesday

Kelly Jackson who was rescued from an unsuccessful climb of Mt. Rainer is the host of a fundraiser at West 5 in the West Seattle Junction on Wednesday from 6 to 9pm. To add some sparkle to the event he will be joined by the West Seattle's own Jim Whittaker, who rose to fame, literally as the first American to climb Mt. Everest.

Whittaker will be on hand to sign books and posters, the proceeds will to go to Kelly Jackson’s effort to raise money for improved communications equipment for Mount Rainier National Park’s climbing rangers.

West 5 Restaurant and Lounge is located 4539 California Ave. S.W. A raffle of outdoor equipment (including a Rainier Beer mountain bike) and sales of beer and food will go toward the fundraiser as well. There are reports that the Wild Rainier beers will be roaming the junction around that time as well.

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