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North America, United States, Alaska, P 7500+, Ruth Gorge

P 7500 +, Ruth Gorge. On July 14, Michael Rutter and I completed a first ascent on beautiful granite on P 7500+ (“Werewolf"). The top of this pinnacle lies 200 meters to the northwest of the number 29 on the D-2 Talkeetna quad. It is in the eastern side of the Ruth Gorge and east of the glacier that descends from between Mounts Bradley and Wake. It took us 14 hours to climb the 20 pitches. The difficulty was up to 5.10+ with 1½ rope-lengths of A1 in a grass-filled crack. We made 17 rappels on the descent with 55-meter ropes down the ascent route. We made an attempt at another new ascent. After a demanding A4 pitch there would have been a perpendicular slab with no protection and since we didn’t feel justified to continue the climb using expansion bolts, we rappelled from the bolt we had placed for protection.

Andreas Orgler, Österreichischer Alpenverein