Born into rain and moss-covered grunge, Bobby Whittaker was brought up in the freight elevator of Seattle sporting goods startup Recreational Equipment Inc. (R.E.I.). His first gig was turning pockets for his father Jim’s fledgling manufacturing company, Because Its There. Then came more than 30 years in the music business, beginning with Sub Pop Records, another locally grown company that sculpted the cultural landscape. Those long nights and days evolved into coordinating worldwide marketing campaigns, promotional events, and live music tours with American icons such as Mudhoney, R.E.M and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. From Istanbul to Johannesburg and back, Bobby has kept his roots firmly planted in the great outdoors by championing pedestrian and bicycle initiatives at State and Federal levels. His advocacy continues to this day through work with a non-profit 501c3 whose mission is to promote and develop recreational trails locally.
Leif Whittaker seeks adventure in all aspects of life. He is a young and accomplished mountaineer who has twice climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. He is also a talented writer and public speaker who inspires others to enjoy the outdoors. His love of skiing, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, photography, and food has led him to explore many remote corners of the planet. He can currently be found working as a Climbing Ranger for the United States Forest Service in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.
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A Canadian-born professional photographer, writer, and publicist, Dianne’s photographs have appeared in various media worldwide, including National Geographic. She helped organize and fund two expeditions to K2, and was a team member and official photographer on both, setting the high altitude record for women in 1978. She served as executive director of the Mount Everest International Peace Climb, which sent 20 climbers from three nations to the summit and removed nearly two tons of trash from the mountain, demonstrating to the world what could be accomplished through friendship and cooperation. As director of marketing for an environmental products company, she wrote the company’s marketing plan and created a variety of materials, including corporate identity, product names, labels, brochures and newsletters. As major gifts officer for Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center, she helped complete a capital campaign that saw the opening of a significant new educational and cultural facility in the spring of 2010. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast, climber, skier, blue-water sailor, competitive rower and she holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She and Jim have been partners in life, business and adventure for nearly forty years.