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Ruthless Ambitions: Scouting steeps in Alaska’s Ruth Amphitheater

Like a trip to Chamonix, one to Alaska’s Ruth Amphitheater is a prerequisite to earning your “Serious Alpinist” merit badge. Andrew McLean had never been to either, and was painfully aware of his lowly Webelo (We Be Loyal Scouts) status until last spring when he had a chance to redeem himself with a trip to the Ruth.

For more from the Ruth Amphitheater, check out Andrew’s story, “Ruthless Ambitions,” in the December issue of Backcountry.

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