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Peak 11300 alaska(ruth gorge)

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Me and my partner are planning to attempt the southwest ridge of peak 11300 (alaska range, ruth gorge) this May. I have looked in Colby Cooms book(Climb Alaska) and I am currently researching AAJs. Does anybody have any info on this route?

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I've climbed the bottom half 3 times and been to the summit. The route description is in Colby's book is not very good or accurate. I also have a picture of Peak 11,300 from the summit on Mt Huntington. Email me if you want more info and/or more pic's. Also check out my route description on North American Classic Climbs.com


There are a couple ways to start the ridge. The route finding is part of the fun on this route and can be a little challenging.


Joe Puryear has a couple great pictures while climbing the SW Ridge & descending. Check his website. A link can be found in his TR on the Kichatna's.

If you know Mark Westman, he has climbed it also.


It's a fantastic route with lots of rock steps.


What time in May are you thinking of trying it? The past 4 or 5 years have had pretty WARM temp's by mid to late May making southern facing routes challenging with unfortunate snow conditions. Flying in by the middle of April has worked pretty good for me.


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