Ruth Gorge, Peak 7,400', Optimist, Mt. Church, My Friends Forever
Alaska, Alaska Range
Giri-Giri Boys Kazuaki Amano (leader), Ryo Masumoto, and Takaai Nagato established two new routes in the Ruth Gorge. On April 18-19 they climbed the Optimist (950m, 22 pitches, AK Grade 4, 5.9R M6), on the west face of Peak 7,400'. On April 25-26 on the north face of Mt. Church they established My Friends Forever (1,100m, 17 pitches, AK Grade 4, AI4+ M6R), named for their friends Tatsuro Yamada and Yuto Inoue, who died on Denali two years earlier.
Hiroshi Hagiwara, Rock & Snow magazine, Japan, based on communication with Amano