Mountaineering Expeditions

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

Races/Extreme Sports

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


Polar Expeditions

Antarctic Search and Rescue Team – McMurdo Station, Antarctica 1997-98
Key member of the joint US/New Zealand search and rescue team while stationed in McMurdo for 12 months.

Myrdalsjokull Icecap, Iceland March 2003
Seven day, 120 km. crossing with the Global Extremes team. Utilizing kites for several days otherwise man hauling supplies in sledges. Numerous days of full on blizzard conditions that made navigating extremely challenging.

Bering Strait, Wales, AK March 2004
Shakedown trip in preparation for the Bering Strait Odyssey. Severe cold temps and extreme gear testing in the waters of the Bering Strait. With Dixie Dansercoer and Julie Brown.

Greenland Icecap January 2005
Guiding and shakedown trip for the Bering Strait Odyssey. This was a rewards expedition for Corporate Executives from Belgium as a result of a sponsorship contest. With Dixie Dansercoer, camera crew, and six executives.

Bering Strait Odyssey. Wales, AK March 2005
Attempt with Dixie Dansercoer to do a double back crossing from Alaska to Russia. After 8 days and being pushed 60 miles south into the Bering Sea, we call for a pickup. A forecasted storm and our inability to counter Mother Nature’s whims convince us to abandon this attempt.

In the Wake of the Belgica, Antarctica. December – Februrary 2007/2008.

Sailing expedition to Antarctica with Dixie Dansercoer, Pieterjan Kempynck, Michel Tudoir, Laurent Dick, Rumen Grozev, and Frans Doomen. In honor of Gerlache’s Belgica expedition of 110 years ago.  Successful replication of the same landings as the original expedition as well as comparing imagery and weather data from past to present day. Successful explorations of the Antarctcia Peninsula as well as ascents of four peaks in the area.  On this expedition Troy made history by becoming the first person to Kiteboard in Antarctic waters. See www.IntheWakeoftheBelgica.com for the full report.

Drangajokull Icecap, Iceland. March 2009

Guiding expedition to the Fjordlands of northern Iceland and a 5 day traverese of this icecap and the surronding area. Shakedown trip for a group of 10 on a quest to reach the North Pole via the Last Degree in 2010.

The North Bound Quest.  April 2010.  Last degree guiding expedition to the North Pole with 2 Americans and 9 Belgians. 

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Harding Icefield, March 2011. 

Kiteski crossing of the Harding Icefield in Alaska with Jason Turnbull.  Click here for the official website.

Bagley Icefield, March 2013.

Kiteski crossing of the largest non-Polar icecap in North America, deep in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  Click here for the full expedition report.  Click here for the videos.

North Expedition 2018.

An audacious start to a total crossing of Alaska using kites.  This leg was an attempt to get from Shishmaref to Nome via Serpentine Hot Springs. A solo attempt which found me covering 55 miles to Serpentine using kites.  After -20F ambient temps and -55F windchill, and full on arctic storm conditions, I turned back abandoning the expedition for this year.  Several other expeditions on the Seward peninsula wisely turned back as well. 


Global Adventure

New Zealand, October 1996 & 1998
Several months traveling and exploring the far reaches of the South Island New Zealand. Including paragliding in Queenstown and Wanaka.

French Polynesia, November 1998
Traveling by old cargo ship, Helen Ryrie and I explore many islands in the French Polynesian chain, including, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Huahine. Amazed by the beauty of these islands, yet overwhelmed by the amount of oceanic damage and expense of traveling in these parts.

Raratonga, Cook Islands, December 1998
Two weeks of hiking, snorkeling, and scootering around this island paradise with Maggie Kelly.

Australia, January 2001
Month long paragliding expedition to Australia with Matt Rucando. Personal best flight of 40 miles set at Manilla. Including explorations of Ayers rock and a climb up Mt. Kosciusko.

Patagonia, South America. January/February 2002
A follow up trip to Aconcagua with Ford Reeves exploring the far reaches of Patagonia from Ushuaia to Tierra Del Fuego.

Kalahari Desert, Africa. January 2003
A month in summer in the desert. Very hot racing in some of the far reaches of the Kalahari with the Global Extremes team.

Costa Rica. February 2003
A month exploring Costa Rica and racing with the Global Extremes team.

Iceland, March 2003
A month exploring and racing all over Iceland with the Global Extremes team.

Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. August 2003
Long road trip to explore some remote areas of NE Alaska, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories, including Nabesna, Chicken, Eagle, Dawson City, and finally Inuvik. For the better part of 15 years I’ve wanted to do this trip so I was glad to finally have the opportunity.

Eastern US/Eastern Canada. September 2003
I had always wanted to see Maine in the fall, so I did. Not only Maine but also explored New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Newfoundland. All with a broken arm.

Mexico, La Ventana. November 2005
Six week kiteboarding expedition to La Ventana, one of the best kiteboarding locations on the planet. With Claire Donahue, top female Alaska kiteboarder.

Jamaica. March 2006
Two week explorations around Jamaica. With Luke Davis, owner or Lands End Coffee Plantation and local expert Mikey.

10,000 Miles on Two Wheels – November/December 2006
Motorcycle Odyssey/Adventure through Mexico and Central America with Doug Stroop. We put down 10,000 miles in two months traveling from Phoenix, Arizona to as far as we could drive into the Darien region in Panama. Not my typical adventure but an epic one none the less.

Labrador Frostbit Expedition – May/June 2009 Labrador, Canada. (link to Tracy’s ride report)

BMW Motorcycle Adventure on the Trans Labrador highway with Tracy Stiehr. 5600 miles exploring this last frontier in the far northeast of Canada.  Click above for images and ride report from Tracy(9 pages worth!!).

Maurice Lacroix Bering Strait Kiteboarding Expedition 2010.

Summer attempt to kiteboard from Alaska to Russia across the Bering Strait with Geza Scholtz.

South Pacific 2014.

Five week scuba diving, kiteboarding, and surfing odyssey around the South Pacific with Matt Rucando.

Crossing The Americas, 2016/17 Alaska to Ushuaia by motorbike.  Two Alaskans, four months, 20,000 miles across North America, Central America, and South America.