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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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April 21, 2011

Alaska season underway-first dispatch in from Ruth Gorge.

We have started our Alaska season with a trip into the Ruth Gorge. After an ascent of Mt. Barille, guide Dave Ahrens and Mark  Heberlein will be reviewing some skills as part of a Ruth Glacier Expedition Training Course  before moving onto to bigger objectives in the Gorge that may include the Moose’s Tooth and Peak 11,300. Stay tuned for their dispatches.

Here’s the first dispatch from Dave after they flew in recently
We were able to fly into the range on Sunday evening, albeit rather late. Monday was spent reviewing glacier skills and scoping out the approach to the Japanese Couloir on Mt. Barille. We had a bird’s eye view of the route on the flight in and were both psyched to get after it on Tuesday. The route looked to be in excellent condition with firm snow, so we decided to go for it as soon as we could.

Mount Barille, Ruth Gorge Alaska. Dave Ahrens photo


Mission accomplished:

It ended up being a fairly big day and we arrived back in camp after about 17 hours on the move. Today we’re enjoying a relaxing morning and hot pancakes before setting out to do crevasse rescue training and look at other objectives. So far the weather has been great. Will be in touch again soon.