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MM Team Summits Mt. Dickey

We got a brief mes­sage from Dave Ahrens this morn­ing from the Alas­ka Range. He and the May 2 Ruth Gorge Expe­di­tion team sum­mit­ed Mt Dick­ey via the West Face yes­ter­day! Con­grats to them! With Dav­e’s typ­i­cal under­state­ment and humil­i­ty, he said it was one of his top three wal­low fests” ever (ie: deep snow and trail­break­ing). Com­ing from some­one who has guid­ed the com­plete Denali Tra­verse and Denal­i’s West But­tress in the same sea­son (a first?), this is prob­a­bly say­ing a lot. We won­der what the top wal­low fest” was?

Vet­er­an guide and office staff extra­or­di­naire, Mark Ryman, and new MM guide Aaron Clif­ford flew into the Alaskan Range yes­ter­day as well. Their goal is the ultra clas­sic SW Ridge of Peak 11,300. Mark’s aer­i­al pho­tos sent via iPhone con­firmed the snowy con­di­tions but clear­ing weath­er. Hope­ful­ly we’ll get an update from them lat­er in the week. The tim­ing of this trip is per­fect for our next AK trip, as MM guide Dylan Tay­lor is on deck to attempt 11,300 with the strong team of Mark John­cox and Peter Webb on May 17th. Dylan and Mark have climbed the Moos­es Tooth togeth­er, and Peter Webb has been on a num­ber of MM trips in the North Cas­cades — For­bid­den Peak, Mt Bak­er — as well as attempt­ed Alaska’s remote Mt Fairweather. 

Stay tuned for notes from the Alas­ka Range!

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