Ryan Waters

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Ryan Waters is an American mountaineer, mountaineering guide, and polar skiing guide.

He runs the guide service Mountain Professionals based in Colorado, USA. In 2014, he became the first American to complete the Adventures Grand Slam, by climbing the Seven Summits and skiing coast to pole, unsupported / unassisted trips to the North and South Poles.[1] To date he has guided clients more than 50 times to the Seven Summits.[2]

In January 2010, Ryan and Cecilie Skog completed a "nice long ski tour" in Antarctica. The team skied 1,117 miles/1,800 kilometers over 70 days from Berkner Island in the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf to the South Pole, then continued to the Ross Sea completing the first ski traverse of Antarctica to the Ross Ice Shelf without resupplies or the use of kites.[3]

He and fellow explorer Eric Larsen reached the North Pole on May 4, 2014 after skiing unsupported for 53 days from Cape Discovery, Canada. This expedition was made into a 2-hour documentary titled Melting: Last Race to the Pole, for Animal Planet television network.[4]}

In September, 2015, he and Larsen also made the first ascent of 6,166m Jabou Ri in the Rolwaling area of Nepal.

In 2016, Ryan guided 3 clients on an unsupported full length ski trip to the South Pole via the Messner/Fuches route over a 44-day expedition. This is thought to be only the second time that a full-length unsupported expedition has been guided taking clients to the South Pole.[5] And again in 2019, he guided two clients on a full-length unsupported South Pole ski trip from the Hercules Inlet start on Antarctica.[6]

Ryan is the author of the 2022 autobiographical book An American's Grand Slam: A True Adventurer's Unlikely Journey, which he wrote with coauthor Hudson Lindenberger.[7]

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  1. ^ Stonich, Avery (19 May 2014). "What It Takes to Complete the Adventurers Grand Slam Unsupported". National Geographic. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  2. ^ Correne Coetzer (7 November 2016). "Ryan Waters to guide Fuchs-Messner route (Antarctica 2016-17 interview)". explorersweb.com (Interview).
  3. ^ "Antarctic wrap-up: Cecilie Skog and Ryan Waters did it! The first unassisted and unsupported expedition across Antarctica!". www.explorersweb.com. Jan 21, 2010. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (2 December 2015). "'Melting: Last Race to the Pole,' an Adventure Way Up North". New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  5. ^ Correne (7 November 2016). "Ryan Waters to guide Fuchs-Messner route (Antarctica 2016-17 interview)". Explorers Web. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  6. ^ Becker, Kraig (November 17, 2019). "Antarctica 2019: And They're Off…". The Adventure Blog.
  7. ^ Waters, Ryan; Lindenberger, Hudson (October 2022). An American's Grand Slam: A True Adventurer's Unlikely Journey. Falcon Guides. ISBN 9781493060054.

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