The Cleanest Line
Kate Rutherford

Kate Rutherford

Kate attributes her love of climbing to the childhood trapeze in her family’s rural Alaskan cabin. Without electricity or running water, she had lots of time to climb and dangle. She officially learned to climb while attending Colorado College, but a visit to Yosemite changed everything. Today, free climbing long crack systems is her passion, which she augments with making jewelry and stints as a fly-fishing guide.

Articles

Of course climbing was the main reason I wanted to go to South Africa. Nonetheless, climbing in such a beautiful landscape makes the whole experience about ten times better. Just like my first visit in 2012, I was blown away by the beauty of this sea of black-orange sandstone, the incredible sunsets and sunrises, the stars at night, the animals. Seeing this view every day doesn’t get boring at all and the moment you leave you realize even more how pretty it is. Rocklands, South Africa. Photo: Ken Etzel

Becoming a Boulderer

Dec 4, 2017 December 4, 2017

As a younger climber I was totally committed to big long routes, often in the mountains and often involving a lot of suffering. The beauty of each place is what got me there, and the partnerships kept me there. I wanted to be in those big landscapes, sleeping on the… Read More

Alpine Light?

Alpine Light?

Feb 23, 2009 February 23, 2009

Fresh off her and Mikey Schaefer's new route on Guillaumet, Kate Rutherford writes again from Patagonia about her attempt on the Chouinard classic, the California Route. [Kate Rutherford starts up the California Route, Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina. Photo: © Mikey Schaefer]  A few years… Read More