Ryan Wichelns

Ryan Wichelns

Lives In

Ridgway, Colorado

Education

  • University of Rhode Island

  • Ryan is a freelance journalist who has written for Backpacker Magazine, Outside, Rock and Ice, SKI, High Country News, 5280, and more. 
  • He is the recipient of the American Alpine Club’s Mountaineering Fellowship, McNeill-Nott, and Live Your Dream Grants for two separate mountaineering expeditions into the Alaska Range.

Experience

A native of upstate New York, Ryan fell in love with hiking, camping, and backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains at a young age, organizing and completing in 2013 one of the first bisections of the Adirondack Park, entirely self-powered, over 210 miles and 20 days through the rugged Adirondack backcountry. Later, after years of climbing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the Cascade Range, he began organizing and leading mountaineering expeditions, primarily into the Alaska Range. The first, over two weeks long, resulted in the first ascent of an unclimbed knife-edge ridgeline on the northern side of Denali National Park. The second was an unsuccessful trip to climb Denali’s South Buttress, the first attempt on that route in a quarter-century.

Education

Ryan received a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island—the nation’s most sea-level state. Today he lives in the rugged mountains of southwestern Colorado.

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