Fang Mountain (6736 feet) Denali National Park. September 1992.
Attempt. This is the climb that started it all. After his first summer working in Denali Park, Troy set out on a 10 mile approach up the Savage River, solo. He carried no ropes, no hardware, and no Gore-Tex, only an external frame pack and jeans. After three days Troy turned back just at the base of the peak due to poor weather and two feet of fresh snow.
Scott Peak (8828 feet) Denali National Park, Alaska. July 1993.
Summit. Using borrowed gear, Troy, Kevin Payne and Michelle O’Neil set out to tackle this peak in the heart of Denali Park. In a long weekend and spectacular weather, Troy and Kevin reached the summit without incident. A picture perfect climb, which rarely happens on this peak, due to foul weather patterns.
Mt. Pendleton (7800 feet) Denali National Park, Alaska. June, August 1993. Summit. In June and August Troy made attempts on Mt. Pendleton. A failed attempt with Galen Camp proved to be a necessary scouting trip. Returning in August with Collins Gilbertson, the team negotiated deep snow and a hidden crevasse field to finally reach the summit after considerable effort.
White Princess (9000 feet) Alaska Range. August 1994.
Attempt. After a precarious two day trek on the Castner Glacier which was riddled with crevasses, the team set up base camp in a bowl just below the summit. During a streak of sunny weather Troy, Collins Gilbertson, and Dan Corroon made a summit push, but were nearly wiped out by car size ice blocks avalanching directly in their climbing route. Avoiding near disaster the team pushed higher only to be turned back late in the day by a wide, insurmountable bergschrund.
Mt. Dickey (9545 feet) Solo Ascent, Denali Park, Alaska. 1995.
Summit. Departing late in the day the large team of Collins Gilbertson, Seth Young, Matt Lindell, and Troy aborted their first attempt due to deep snow and a precarious headwall. Two days later, before sunrise, Troy departed on what would turn into his first solo climb in the Alaska Range. After negotiating an avalanche zone and ice fall he gained a southern ridge which led Troy to the summit in safety. In perfect weather Troy skied off the summit and straight down the bowl to Pittock Pass. After downclimbing the rest of the way, he reached the safety of the mountain house.
Mt. Brooks (11,940 feet) Denali Park, Alaska. June 1996.
Attempt. This twelve day expedition, found the two person team of Troy and Collins Gilbertson making in assault on this high peak in the Alaska Range. After a two day approach hike the team arrived at base camp in white out conditions on the Muldrow Glacier, just after a very close call negotiating the glacier crossing. Despite being hampered by a severe storm that dumped three feet of fresh snow, the team made a summit bid only to be pushed back by deep snow and severe avalanche conditions. More foul weather found the team retreating to Wonder Lake via Oastler Pass. However, not without incident as the team endured gale force winds and a sketchy crossing of the swollen McKinley river bar.
Denali (20,320 feet) West Buttress, Denali Park, Alaska. May/June 1999. Summit.
A picture perfect 20 day climb to the summit with Ford Reeves. The two man team waited on weather at 14,000′ camp for eight days. With a questionable forecast, Troy and Ford climbed three thousand foot, back to back days. First from 14,000′ to 17,000′ camp. Then 17 to 20,320′. A hasty retreat and one long push got the team all the way back to base camp.
Moose’s Tooth (9780 feet) Denali National Park. May 2000.
Attempt. Solid effort put in by Troy and partner Seth Young on this trip into the Great Gorge. After climbing part way up the ridge towards the summit, the team made a hasty retreat due to bad weather, hanging seracs, and extremely dangerous conditions.
Aconcagua (22,800 feet) South America. January 2002.
Attempt. With Denali partner Ford Reeves a 14 day expedition to Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. Due to group dynamics the climb was abandoned after reaching a high point of Nido de Condores. Heat and altitude were also contributing factors.
Hvannadalshnukur (6952 feet) Iceland. March 2003.
Attempt. An attempt on Iceland’s highest peak with the Global Extremes team. Stranded in a storm and low on supplies the team turned back and descended the mountain in a whiteout and blizzard on the longest rope team ever….20 climbers.
Peak 6296 (20,750 feet), Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet. April 2003.
Summit. Acclimating climb preparing for an attempt on Mt. Everest with the Global Extremes team.
Mt. Everest (29,021 feet), Tibet. April/May 2003. North Ridge, Rongbuk Valley.
Attempt. Global Extremes expedition with Russel Bryce, Chris Warner, Jesse Rickert, Ted Mahon, Colleen Inken, and Petit Pinson. After 60 days on Everest, Troy ends his climb just above camp II at 25,000′. Ted and Jesse persist, and reach the summit several weeks later.
Pioneer Peak (6398 feet) Chugach Mountains, Alaska. May 2006.
Summit. North face, solo ascent. After several aborted attempts, Troy finally reaches the summit, solo. The descent was aided with two rappels from another climbing team in the area.
Mt. Allo(Mt. Delphine) (938′) Neyt Point, Leige Island, Antarctica. January 2, 2008. Ascent of small peak overlooking the Gerlache Strait, after replicating shore landing of Belgica Expedition(1897) Because of severity of landing, ascent completed in drysuits. With Dixie Dansercoer and dinghy assist by Pieterjan Kempynck.
Celsus Peak (4511′) Brabant Island, Antarctica. January 4, 2008. Ascent in clear, calm weather up standard route with Dixie Dansercoer, Laurent Dick, Pieterjan Kempynck. In the middle of a glacier Troy is reveled with Happy Birthday(41st) by the boys on the team.
Mt. Lopez (5465′) Doumer Island, Antarctica. January 9th, 2008. Successful ski ascent and descent of peak overlooking Port Lockroy. With Dixie Dansercoer, Laurent Dick, Pieterjan Kempycnk.
Mt. Banck (7244′) Danco Coast, Antarctica. January 12, 2008. Epic ascent of this high peak overlooking Paradise Harbor. After a difficult ascent of a rocky spine, the summit is attained with Dixie Dansercoer, Laurent Dick, and Pieterjan Kempycnk.
Extreme Ham Radio Expedition, Alaska Range. June 2008. With expedition leader Dave Franco and climbing partner Marc Likenteller a foray is made into the Alaska Range and the famed Mountain House on the Ruth Glacier. Unfortunately Dave is unable to make contact with the outside world via Ham Radio due to propagation issues and an uncooperative Ionosphere. Meanwhile Marc and Troy make a successful assault on Mt. Dickey(9545′) via the old (there is a reason it’s not used anymore) standard route via Pittock Pass in 11 hours round trip
Iditasport, Alaska. February 2000
100 mile, human powered, endurance race through the Alaska Backcountry, in the middle of winter.
24th place in 21 hours and 18 minutes.
MT. Marathon, Seward, Alaska. July 4th, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Second oldest footrace in the country after the Boston Marathon. A three mile footrace that ascends and descends 3000 grueling feet of Mt. Marathon.
2000 – 53rd place in 1:02:14. (out of 300 racers)
2001 – 18th place in 53:08.
2002 – 29th place in 56:26.
Mayors Marathon – Anchorage, Alaska. June 2006.
One of the most scenic full marathons in the world, right in the city of Anchorage.
117th place out of 637 men in 3:44:29.
Fireweed 200, Eureka to Valdez, Alaska. July 2006.
The famous long distance bicycle road race across Alaska. Solo non-drafting division.
1st place in 10:27:37.
Crow Pass Crossing – July 2013.
24 miles of wilderness mounting running complete with extremely cold river crossings and zero support. I placed 45th with a time of 4:10:52.
Anvil Mountain Run – July 4th
12.5 mile mountain race from Front Street in Nome up 1132′ Anvil Mountain and back to Front Street.
2014 – 10th in 1:37:36
2015 – 12th in 1:35:36
2016 – 7th in 1:31:33
2017 – 9th in 1:34:14
2018 – 7th in 1:41:06
Ballyhoo Mountain Run – July 21st, 2018. Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
A mountain race up 1634′ Mt. Ballyhoo in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. 2018 – 5th in 32:32