Born to Dutch Immigrant parents in Los Angeles in 1918, Dee Molennar spent much of his youth exploring the seashores, deserts and mountains of Southern California. He then extended his climbing horizons to the glaciered peaks of the Pacific Northwest, where he served several years as summit guide and park ranger at Mount Rainier. After climbing Mount Rainier some 50 times and traveling the park's high country over many years, in 1971 Molenaar authored The Challenge of Rainier, the award-winning-and continually updated - 'definitive work' on the peak's climbing history.
During WW11, Molenaar served as photographer in the US Coast Guard in the Aleutians and Western Pacific. In 1950 He earned a B.Sc. in geology at the University of Washington and then briefly served as civilian advisor in the Army's Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command at Camp Hale Colo. His career in geologythen took him to Alaska, Colorado, Utah, and Washington, where he retired from the US Geological Survey in 1983.

Molenaar has climbed mountains throughout the western US and Canada, Alaska, the Alps, Himalayas, New Zealand and Antarctica. He has participated in expeditions to Mounts McKinley and St. Elias in Alaska, and Mount Kennedy in the Yukon and K2 in the Karakoram Himalaya-and a geology oriented trek to Mount Everest.

An important part of Molenaar's climbing pack has been a small box of watercolors with which he has painted mountain landscapes from below sea level in Death Valley to over 25,000 feet on K2 in the Himalaya. Dee's love of the high, open world of rock and ice and the fringing meadow zone is reflected in his watercolors, oils and pencil sketches, which are in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Russia and China. His maps and artwork also appear in state park and US Forest Service and Park Service exibits, ski-area brochures, and climbers' guidebooks and autobiographies. In his 'retirement' Dee continues in his artwork and writing and lecturing about his mountain travels.

Dee and his wife Colleen have a daughter and two sons and live near Port Orchard, Washington USA.

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DESCRIPTION OF OUR MAPS
Our multicolored maps provide astronaut-view perspectives of the scenic and geologically fascinating areas of the Pacific Northwest and beyond—including areas of Alaska and Antarctica. Overprinted information includes names of topographic features (mountain ranges and peaks, valleys and parklands), hydrographic features (streams and rivers, lakes and reservoirs, marine waters and embayments, and glaciers where pertinent), cultural features including county and state boundaries, cities and towns, capitals and county seats, Indian reservations, roads and highways, airports and airfields, museums, fish hatcheries and state parks, and boundaries of counties, states, national parks, and wilderness and recreational areas. Full-color shaded relief gives the impression of viewing the landforms from high above the Earth—truly an "astronaut's view." Most maps include bordering watercolors of selected views and texts describing the geologic settings and other features of the areas.

MOLENAAR MAPS
Landform Maps and Alpine Art
PO Box 62, Burley, WA 98322, USA; (360) 876-8650; FAX: 360-876-8331