After spending a few seasons ice climbing, Rebecca Madore and Katie Mills used their Mazamas Alpine Adventure Grant to travel to the Ruth Gorge in the Central Alaskan Range to test their mettle on the classic route Ham and Eggs on the Moose's Tooth. The route was in challenging, bony conditions, providing everything they bargained for and more! Scrappy mixed, unprotectable vertical snice, and plenty of overhanging ice bulges gave them quite the real Alaskan climbing sampler. Please join Rebecca and Katie as they present on the toughest climbing trip they've done yet.
In 2010, Rebecca Madore knew nothing about climbing, but stepped through her climbing ‘gateway’--The Mazamas Basic Climbing Program--to quickly find the North Cascades and trad crags of WA and OR becoming veritable second homes. In the last few years of alpine rock and ice-climbing, Canada, Alaska, and Patagonia have been fulfilling landscapes for climbing adventures further afoot. From the beginning, climbing was a way to get outside and be healthy in beautiful places. These days, Rebecca appreciates a symbiotic relationship between her love and the challenge of climbing and her actual career as a speech-language pathologist: dealing with fears, the demands of physically and mentally adapting to new environments, and the humility it takes to be a student everyday.
Katie Mills will always be a peak bagger at heart. Being in the midst of the beautiful rugged alpine with not another soul around is her favorite thing in the world. She took BCEP in 2006 and started her climbing career on scrambles and glaciated peaks with the Mazamas, hiking to the summit of mountains and dubbing rock climbing as "too scary" and having no desire to partake in it. But then she climbed all the mountains by their nontechnical routes and there was nothing left to do, so she had to start rock climbing. But learning to rock climb was not enough. She then realized there were big spectacular mountains to climb in Alaska, but she needed to know how to ice climb!! She began venturing far away to locales such as Ouray, Canmore, and Cody to hone her ice skills on frozen waterfalls. Katie fondly remembers the old days when there used to be an off season, now the off season consists of the week between rock climbing in Red Rock for Thanksgiving and hitting up the Bozeman Ice Fest the weekend after. Katie enjoys downtime resting in her office as a mechanical engineer designing trains. Her other hobby is partying.