Pieces of the attempts Zack Smith aspenexpeditions.com/i-Zack-Smith-103.html, Freddie Wilkinson thenamelesscreature.com/ and myself, Renan Ozturk, rockmonkeyart.com have put into climbing the 'Tooth Traverse' of the Ruth Gorge, AK.

There has been a lot going on surrounding our adventures: The 1st attempt vimeo.com/6038303 was heavily embarked upon only days after the memorial for the deaths of our close friends vimeo.com/5065432, the 2nd attempt ended with helping with body recoveries of other climbers in the gorge thenamelesscreature.com/2010/07/25/a-hard-freeze-away/ and the just before our proposed launch day this past spring I almost died in a skiing accident vimeo.com/21904471.

Beyond the allure of enchaining one of the most iconic (& untrodden) skylines in NA the Tooth Traverse has come to represent so much more than that to us. With my healing going well (vimeo.com/26531646) and the inspiration (and angst) greater than ever we are planning another attempt in the NEAR future.

I see the eventual story breaching some pretty heavy topics involved in alpine climbing: sponsored vs. non-sponsored expeditions, dealing with death and the effect tackling dangerous objectives has on friends/family.

At any rate here is a little window into our work in progress. ~reo

Philip Sheppard

"Make It Good"

Additional Love and Support:
Inspire Award americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/5/Copp-Dash-Inspire-Award
Lyman-Spitzer Award americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/7/Lyman-Spitzer-Cutting-Edge-Award
Paul Roderick talkeetnaair.com/
Colby Coombs climbalaska.org/
Photos for intro: Claudia Camila Lopez claudialopezphotography.com/ and Jonny Copp coppworks.com/
Motion Graphics support- Barry Thompson and Eric Bucy
Additional Cineflex Scenics: brainfarmcinema.com
Mad Dog- Dirt-bag Van Rentals
Tobey Carman- Weather Interpolation
The North Face thenorthface.com
Mountain Hardwear mountainhardwear.com/
Patagonia patagonia.com/us/home
Black Diamond bdel.com
La Sportiva sportiva.com/

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