RYAN WICHELNS // Climber and outdoor-adventure journalist.

Certifications and Memberships

  • AIARE Level 1 (November 2017)

  • AIARE Companion Rescue (December 2018)

  • Adirondack 46er, Number 7916 (August 18, 2013)


Brooks Glacier Expedition 2015

  • American Alpine Club Mountaineering Fellowship Grant

  • American Alpine Club/Mountain Hardwear McNeill-Nott Award

  • American Alpine Club Live Your Dream Grant

Notable Experience

  • First traverse of Mount Silverthrone (13,220 feet — Alaska Range, USA) and Mount Brooks (11,940 feet) via the Tripyramid Peaks (VI AG 3+ 60-70°) incl. First Ascent of the South East Ridge of East Pyramid Peak, as trip leader. (July 5-12, 2015) (Report)

  • 3 ascents of Mount Rainier (14,410 feet — Cascade Mountains, USA) via the Disappointment Cleaver (V Easy Snow) and Emmons Glacier (V Easy Snow) routes, twice as trip leader.

  • 4 ascents of Mount Hood (11,250 feet — Cascade Mountains, USA) via the Leuthold Couloir (AI2), Hogsback, and Cooper Spur (V Steep Snow) routes, all as team leader, once solo, thrice with a ski descent.

  • 1 ascent of Mount Baker (10,781 feet — Cascade Mountains, USA) via the North Ridge (AI3), as team leader and with a ski descent of the Coleman/Deming Route.

  • 1 ascent of Mount Adams (12,280 feet — Cascade Mountains, USA) via the Mazama Glacier, as trip leader.

  • 1 ascent of Pico de Orizaba (18,491 feet — Cordillera Neovolcanica, Mexico) as trip leader.

  • 7 ascents of Mount Washington (6,289 feet — White Mountains, NH, USA) via numerous routes and conditions.

  • Ice climbs in the Adirondacks, White Mountains, Rocky Mountains, and Cascade Mountains up to WI4.