Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Climber leads vice president on Rainier trip.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Glen Rosales For the Journal

Guide says Gore, son carry their fair share

Jim Frush has seen his share of mountains and climbers trying to conquer them. From Mount Everest in Nepal to Mount McKinley in Alaska, he's stood on the summits of the world's tallest peaks. But perhaps no excursion and no mountain stands out quite like a trip he took last summer up the relatively puny Mount Rainier in Washington state.

Although the 14,410-foot peak that casts its long shadow over Seattle hardly compares in difficulty to the mountains he usually scales despite the need to travel roped together for the upper 3,000 feet it still holds a special place in his personal climbing archive.

Frush, 50, national president of the American Alpine Club, guided Vice President Al Gore, and his then-16-year-old son Albert Gore, to Rainier's summit last August. …

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