Originally from Utah, Ralph Tingey developed a love for climbing in the Teton Mountains and after gaining an education worked as a climbing ranger for the National Park Service stationed at Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons from 1965 to 1981. In 1981, he came to Alaska to work as a climbing ranger at Denali National Park and Preserve stationed in Talkeetna, Alaska. Eventually, Ralph moved into management and in 1994 became Associate Regional Director based in Anchorage, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. Ralph continued to be an avid climber and outdoor enthusiast. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Alpine Club, and as Chairman of the Alaska Section of the AAC. He also raced a dog team for many years, including three times on the 1000-mile long Yukon Quest from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Ralph now lives in Ridgway, Colorado.