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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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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!).

The weather Wednesday and into Thursday brought a moderate amount of snow and kept them from committing to the route. Their plan was for 2 nights out which meant at least 2 days of descent, climbable weather - saving the bad weather for descent. Yesterday they managed to scope out the various approach couloirs to the SW Ridge proper, but they were also considering switching objectives to a 2500 ft mixed line near the approach to Denali's South Buttress. Dylan said this looked "worthy, technical, and a good alternative" to getting stormed off or stuck out on the hugeness of Peak 11,300. Today's weather looked favorable for hard climbing, so we are eagerly awaiting word them from them that they've been getting after it! 

Here at the Mountain Madness office in Seattle we are excited to be active in the Alaska Range this season. And it's not over!  Give us a call at 800-328-5925 or contact us via email at if you want to dive into a last minute alpine adventure in one of the worlds greatest alpine mountian ranges.  Rock climbing or ski touring in Little Switzerland, or steep snow and ice on the Mooses Tooth.  Let's make it happen!