At 6:10 a.m. Saturday, George Dunn became the first person to summit Mount Rainier 500 times.

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At 6:10 a.m. Saturday, George Dunn became the first person to summit Mount Rainier 500 times.

The 56-year-old guide and director of Ashford’s International Mountain Guides and six other members of his party left Ingraham Flats at about 11,000 feet shortly after midnight. They faced snow, wind and a lightning strike on their way to the 14,411-foot summit.

Also reaching the summit with Dunn was his long-time friend, Phil Ershler. Ershler has the second-most Rainier summits getting his 440th this morning.

Dunn climbed Rainier for the first time in the late 1960s, while attending Renton High. He started guiding for in 1975. he has guided climbs around the world, including Mount Everest in 1991.

The News Tribune reports only three men have climbed Mount Rainier 400 times and only eight have 300 summits.

Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com