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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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June 3, 2014

The Ruth Gorge Did Not Disappoint

Many times when climbers think of Alaska, attention goes to the prized Mt. McKinley (aka Denali), which stands as the highest point in North America. When I talk about the Ruth Gorge, the exchange goes as follows: 

Non-Climber: “How was Alaska?”

Me: “Great, we climbed in the Ruth Gorge.”

Non-Climber: “Is that near Denali?”


May 4, 2011

Ruth Gorge: Success on Peak 11,300 – final dispatch

Ahhh… Back in Anchorage where warm water, dry clothes and unprocessed food abound. It’s great to have a cup of coffee and reflect on a great trip in the Alaska Range. However, after 16 days of morning coffee with Mark it seems a bit out of place. Mark and I enjoyed a great window of weather with overall good conditions for our course and chosen objectives in the Ruth. [+] READ MORE

April 25, 2011

Ruth Gorge, AK-Fresh snow, weather improving

April 24th Dispatch Today, Saturday, we played in the snow a bunch- lots of it, over two feet of new overnight and 30 mph winds to keep the night interesting. Today we worked on skills including looking at the avalanche hazards and camp construction in stormy conditions. We also made plans for an Easter egg hunt. [+] READ MORE

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. [+] READ MORE

May 21, 2010

Update from the Ruth Gorge!

Satellite phone reception is often poor in remote mountain ranges and Alaska's Ruth Gorge is no exception - it's a good indication of the scale of the valleys and the closeness and immensity of the peaks. But we have been able to check in with Dylan Taylor, Mark, and Peter who have been base camped beneath Peak 11,300 for the last few days (usually by repeated 1 minute long conversations!).