Ned Corkran has been climbing for 25 years throughout the Western Hemisphere. A lot of his early career was spent in North Carolina, dodging rainstorms, while climbing in between his stints working for Outward Bound. Here he realized that a career guiding and teaching provides both meaningful work as well as the freedom of lifestyle to plan and execute adventurous trips in the mountains. He moved west and began climbing in the Rockies where he developed an appetite for technical rock terrain in the alpine environment. He has had many forays into the snow and ice realms of the Andes and southeast Alaska, as well as more mountain routes in the Pacific Northwest (more time dodging rainstorms!) and the Northern Rockies.
Outside of guiding and teaching, he has participated in numerous biology studies, doing research on Northern Goshawks, Wolverines, Marbled Murrelets, Moose, Pronghorn Antelope and Clark’s Nutcrackers.
He lives in Driggs, Idaho which has been home for 15 years. With the Tetons as the ideal backyard playground, he has been able to pursue his passions in both mountaineering and wildlife studies.
This is a picture at the City of Rocks in southern Idaho. The City is a fun and simple place to do some climbing with easy camping next to your car and a huge variety of rock climbing routes.
Another of my favorite climbing areas is Red Rocks in Southern Nevada. There are lots of long traditional routes here which make for a great day of rock climbing. This photo is on the classic route, Crimson Chrysalis.
I’ve done a few trips to Alaska; this picture is on the summit ridge of Mt Kennedy.
On another Alaska trip, we climbed Mt Orville. This photo is on one of the exciting sections of the south ridge.
This one's also from southeast Alaska, on Mt Wilbur
I spent a few years in the North Cascades in Washington state, which is a great range for alpine climbing. Here’s a photo from a climb on Colonial Mountain.
Also in the North Cascades, this is a shot from the North Face of Greybeard
I’ve spent the past few winters working for the United States Antarctic Program. This shot is from a blustery day while we were establishing a route across the frozen sea ice to help some seal researchers get to the animals they were studying.
Another photo from the sea ice; here I am setting a V-thread anchor for work at the ice edge.
Moments like this one are some of the great memories I have from working along the ice edge.
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