8_RMITwo of the Washington State ’s strongest companies are showing their love for Mount Rainier National Park this weekend. In true partnership, REI and Microsoft both have climbing teams attempting to summit Rainier . Climbers have been raising money all year to benefit Mount Rainier National Park ’s search and rescue, volunteerism, and trails. Funds raised flow back to Rainier through our leading fundraising partner, Washington ’s National Park Fund.

Washington ’s National Park Fund raises private support for Mount Rainier , North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks. They focus their efforts on improving visitors’ experiences, science and research, volunteerism and stewardship, and youth and family programs. Over the past six years, more than $2 million has been given to Washington State ’s three largest national parks. 2014 promises to be a banner year of giving thanks in part to the climbers attempting to summit this weekend. Together, REI and Microsoft employees have raised more than $100,000.00.

Also in true partnership, the three climbing companies that provide guiding services at Rainier – Alpine Ascents, International, International Mountain Guides, and Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. – have dedicated this weekend’s climbs to Washington ’s National Park Fund. They are collectively helping the Fund in these fundraising efforts.

And one more beauty in all of this? The climbs will take place under this month’s full moon. What could be better?

Thanks, REI and Microsoft!! Thanks, AAI, IMG and RMI! Your support means the world to Mount Rainier National Park .