Climber to share experience of climbing Rainier’s Liberty Ridge

Staff reportApril 13, 2014 

Marty Babare will offer a retrospective of exploration and discovery in a Friday program titled “Climbing Liberty Ridge via the Grand Canyon.”

The free program, beginning at 7:45 p.m., is part of the Tacoma Mountaineers’ monthly open house.

Babare’s program looks back at one year out of a lifetime of facing life’s challenges and rewards, culminating with reaching the summit of Mount Rainier via the difficult Liberty Ridge route on his 60th birthday.

The Liberty Ridge route is one of the most difficult and dangerous ways to reach the 14,411-foot summit. Considered one of the classic climbs in the United States, climbing Liberty Ridge requires an ascent of 5,000-7,000 feet up the mountain’s north face. The ridge challenges climbers with slopes that reach 60 degrees. Avalanches, icefall and rockfall are a constant threat to climbers.

In addition, the evening’s emcee will be another well-known Tacoma Mountaineer, Bill Hecker, who was a team member on Barbare’s Liberty Ridge ascent.

Prior to the program, at 7 p.m., participants can hear an orientation on the programs and courses offered by the Tacoma Mountaineers. New and prospective members are welcome to learn about what the branch does including climbing and scrambling, sea kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, social and family activities, first aid, sailing, navigation and avalanche training. There also will be a chance to visit with committee people in activities of interest to visitors.

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