Friday, August 18, 2006

Trekkers ready for climb this weekend

Express Staff Writer

Expedition Inspiration for Breast Cancer Research launches the third climb of its "Five Peaks In Five Years" series on Saturday, Aug. 19. The trekkers, who are each raising money for breast cancer research through donations, will take on 11,714-foot Ryan Peak in the Boulder Mountains north of Ketchum.

Ryan Peak is at the head of the North Fork of the Big Wood River and figures prominently in the skyline as viewed from the Ketchum and Sun Valley area.

Conceived by breast cancer survivor and EI board member Courtney Kapp, the series of summit climbs up the highest peaks in Idaho's rugged mountain ranges raises funds and awareness regarding breast cancer.

The Ryan Peak team, led by Sawtooth Mountain Guides of Stanley, will begin its climb at the end of the road out the North Fork of the Big Wood River. The trail climbs about 4,800 feet from the trailhead to the summit. Climbers will hike along the North Fork of the Big Wood River and gain elevation on a steep trail en route to West Pass at 10,040 feet.

After some steep and rocky areas, the trails are easy with exposed scrambling along a summit ridge. The 360-degree views take in Castle Peak to the north, Kent Peak to the south, the Pioneer Mountains to the southeast beyond Kent, and the distant Lost River Range to the east.

The group will celebrate with special Expedition Inspiration Tribute Flags, honoring those who have battled the disease. After descending and a hot shower, the climbers will enjoy a celebration dinner.

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