Kate Rutherford


Kate's passion for climbing adventures and wild lands started in rural Alaska in 1981. When she was just a baby, her family built a homestead on a ridge near Tok Junction, with a view of the glittering Alaska Range. She loved the wild land and its weather; she remembers long nights under the aurora borealis. Moonlit skiing taught her how to be comfortable in the arctic chill and from there she managed to cultivate her love of the wilderness into a full time lifestyle.

After many years in Alaska, Kate moved to Vashon Island, Washington and added the subtle beauty of the rainforest to her experience. Then she fell in love with the red desert of Utah and, wanting to be closer to it, enrolled at The Colorado College. There, among its extraordinary community of climbers, Kate learned to climb on the spectacular granite of the South Plat and Moab’s red cliffs. And from there as they say, "the rest is history."

Kate says that climbing gives her purpose, a reason to travel and seek new adventures, and she loves its opportunities to connect with locals. "To see a village elder’s eyes light up when you tell them you have traveled from another continent just because they have the most beautiful piece of rock in all the land is a superb way to honor them." Her favorite memories of experiencing this connection with local peoples come from the Gran Savanna region of Venezuela.

In addition to spending lots of time in the valley, Kate loves to climb in Argentine Patagonia where this year she and Mikey Schaefer climbed a new route on Fitz Roy.

Additional Sponsors: Black Diamond, Feathered Friends, La Sportiva, Patagonia, Strerling Ropes, Suunto

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