Deep South Section Welcomes New Section Ambassador
The Deep South section is excited to welcome Gary Ruhl as a new AAC Ambassador in Florida. Gary will be coordinating events in the local area and bringing all-around excitement for the Club. A quick bio on him:
“I began climbing back in 1972 while still in college in Missouri. During my college years I made many long road trips to Colorado, climbing primarily in RMNP, Eldorado Canyon, and Boulder Canyon. Upon completion of college, I moved to southern California making stops along the way in the Tetons and in Yosemite Valley to do a bit of climbing. Soon after moving to California, I began working full time in the outdoor industry, managing retail backpacking, climbing, and skiing shops and teaching rockclimbing and backpacking courses out of our store and within the Los Angeles County college system. I also guided climbs to Taquitz, Suicide Rock and Joshua Tree and created a federally-funded program in Los Angeles County to teach at-risk youth the basics of climbing and backpacking.
During that period of my life, I also traveled and did a bit of climbing in the Andes while co-leading a major expedition to explore previously untraveled regions of the Amazonas throughout Columbia, Venezuela, and Brazil. I continued my professional career in the outdoor industry for the next 20 years, primarily within the diving industry. For the past 11 years, I have worked as a fundraiser and volunteer coordinator for a non-profit wildlife conservation organization. Today, as I reside in the great alpine state of Florida, my climbing is restricted to the indoor gym environment with the exception of my yearly trips to North Carolina and out west as I pursue climbing many of the classic alpine climbs that I dreamed of as a much younger man. I am very excited about this summer’s goal of completing the East Buttress route on Mount Whitney. The attached photos are of me completing a 33-year-old dream of summiting the Grand Teton in Wyoming. I am the proud parent of a daughter, Morgan age 20, and a son, Paul, age 19.”
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