Dee Molenaar is confirmed dead at the age of 101.
Dee was best known as a American mountaineer and writer.
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Nice obituary of Dee Molenaar, who painted the highest water colour in history on K2 in 1953 and died last week at…
RT @EverestToday: Dee Molenaar, Last Survivor of Legendary 1953 K2 Expedition, Dies at 101. More:
RT @EverestToday: Dee Molenaar, Last Survivor of Legendary 1953 K2 Expedition, Dies at 101. More:
RT @EverestToday: Dee Molenaar, Last Survivor of Legendary 1953 K2 Expedition, Dies at 101. More:
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Rest in Peace. Dee Molenaar, Last Survivor of Legendary 1953 K2 Expedition, Dies at 101
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Saddened to hear about the passing of climbing legend and wonderful artist, Dee Molenaar. He will be missed.
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Dee Molenaar
Born(1918-06-21)June 21, 1918
DiedJanuary 19, 2020(2020-01-19) (aged 101)
Alma materUniversity of Washington (BSc)
Dee Molenaar (June 21, 1918 – January 19, 2020) was an American mountaineer, author and artist. He is best known as the author of The Challenge of Rainier, first published in 1971 and considered the definitive work on the climbing history of Mount Rainier.
Contents
1 Biography
2 Art
3 Bibliography
4 References
5 External links
Biography
Molenaar was born in Los Angeles, California to Dutch immigrant parents. During World War II, he served as a photographer in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Aleutian Islands and western Pacific. In 1950, he earned a BSc degree in geology at the University of Washington, and then served as civilian advisor in at Camp Hale.
Molenaar worked as a park ranger and mountain guide in Mount Rainier National Park, climbing the mountain over 50 times as a guide and on personal trips, via more than a dozen different routes including three first ascents. He participated in the 1946 second ascent of Mount Saint Elias in Alaska. He was a member of the Third American Karakoram Expedition, a 1953 mountaineering expedition to K2 in which the party became trapped during a severe storm. Along with "Big Jim" Jim Whittaker and Robert F. Kennedy, he was a member of the 1965 climb and first ascent of Mount Kennedy in the Yukon, named after John F. Kennedy.
His career with the United States Geological Survey took him to Alaska, Colorado, Utah, and Washington, until his retirement in 1983. On April 7, 2012, the American Alpine Club inducted Molenaar into its Hall of Mountaineering Excellence at an award ceremony in Golden, Colorado. He turned 100 in June 2018.
Art
Molenaar painted in watercolors and oils. He is known for his impressionism-style art with mountain and desert landscapes the dominant theme in his works. He painted the highest watercolor in history, spending 10 days in a tent painting K2 from memory at 25,000 feet during a severe storm that hit during the 1953 expedition. With precious fuel for melting snow running low, his teammates made him drink the remaining water colored with pigments.
Bibliography
Molenaar, Dee (September 1, 2009). Mountains Don't Care, But We Do. Mountaineers Books. p. 208. ISBN 978-0615293240.
Molenaar, Dee (September 16, 2012). Memoirs of a Dinosaur Mountaineer. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 342. ISBN 978-1479321902.
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