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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Ralph Tingey

Ralph Tingey Ralph spent many years of his NPS career as a climbing ranger in the Grand Tetons, and elsewhere, before coming to Alaska to work as a climbing ranger at Denali. Although Ralph has moved into NPS management as Deputy Superintendent at the regional level, he continues to be an avid climber and outdoor enthusiast. Ralph offers a lively account of search and rescue activities and protocol, the special camaraderie of climbing rangers, and the evolution of rescue craft. Ralph's love of the mountains, climbing, and the mountaineering culture are clearly evident in this interview, as is Ralph's level-headed assessment of risk and challenge. He discusses not only the practical means of controlling risk, but also the psychological factors that can keep situations from turning into tragedy.
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