On March 24th, 2011 7:00pm High Country Outfitters is proud to be hosting a benefit for the 2011 Cordillera Blanca Expedition of the Deep South Section of the American Alpine Club. Join professional adventurer Ryan Waters as he recounts the incredible 70 day, 1,120 mile journey across Antarctica with partner Cecilie Skog on the first unsupported and unassisted ski traverse of the continent.
Ryan Waters is a veteran of nine 8000 meter peak expeditions, including three expeditions to Mt. Everest, reaching the summit of both the Tibet and Nepal sides of the mountain. He has guided three expeditions to Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world and led trips to K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum II.
He developed a passion for the Andes Range of South America and was based in Argentina for several years. During this time he led over 30 expeditions in the mountains of Chile, Argentina and Ecuador. Ryan spent extensive time in the backcountry of South America working as a mountaineering instructor for Patagonia Outward Bound.
This is an event not to be missed. A portion of the proceeds from the nights event will go to the 2011 Cordillera Blanca Expedition of the Deep South Section of the American Alpine Club. On June 26 an expedition is to embark on what Ellen Lapham, chair of the Conservation Committee for the American Alpine Club, calls a “groundbreaking climber-scientist program” in Peru. Organized by the Deep South section of the AAC, the endeavor will bring together American and Peruvian climber-scientists to study local and global pollution and climate change in the Cordillera Blanca range, which contains the greatest concentration of 6000-meter mountains in this hemisphere.