Thursday, May 24, 2012

12 Day Mountaineering Course Checks In...

Instructor Nick D'Alessio just called in from the Ruth Gorge. They climbed Explorers Peak (8,235 feet) named for the Explorers Club of New York. They had a blast!
Explorers Peak was named in 1910 by Herschel Parker and Belmore Browne. If you are a climbing history buff you'll know that Parker and Browne did three expeditions in their attempt to climb Mount McKinley. They named several peaks in the Ruth Gorge area on their 1910 expedition as they looked for a feasible route to the summit of McKinley. This year marks the 100th anniversary of their 1912 summit attempt on McKinley. It remains an incredible story of adventure, survival and almost success...turning back just 200 yards below McKinley's summit due to bad weather. (1913 saw the first successful summit on McKinley.)

They have three more days of classes and climbing. It just starting raining lightly here in Talkeetna so maybe they will get a little experience with snow shoveling...
Explorers Peak is on the far right, second peak back with a snowy top. This picture is taken from the Don Sheldon Amphitheater.


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