The Sherbino and the George Gardner Scholarship Foundation are teaming up for a special Sherb Talk, for a screening of the film, The Grand Rescue, staring local Ralph Tingey. After the film, Ralph Tingey will lead a Q&A session. All money collected at the door will go to benefit the George Gardner Scholarship Foundation. Doors at 6:00pm. $10 at the door.
The Grand Rescue, is the true story of the 1967 Teton Rangers. In 1967, on the North Face of the Grand Teton, seven rescuers risked their lives to save a severely injured climber and his companion. The rescue took three harrowing days, pushed the team to the edge of their abilities, and cemented a lifelong bond. Remarkably, once safe, the injured climber publicly criticized the very men who risked their lives to save his. Looking back after 40 years, the rescuers and survivors recount the trial with a mixture of honesty and unabashed candor.
Ralph H. Tingey joined the National Park Service in 1965 and spent seven summers as a seasonal climbing ranger at Jenny Lake. After college in the 1970’s, he worked full time in the Tetons as the Gros Ventre Sub-district Ranger and later as the Jenny Lake Sub-district Ranger. Ralph transferred to Denali National Park in 1981 as assistant to the superintendent where he spent the next 10 years. His career then went north to the Arctic where he served as superintendent of three large wilderness parks: Noatak Preserve, Kobuk Valley N.P., and Cape Krusenstern National Monument. Later to Lake Clark N.P, and for his last 15 years served as Associate Regional Director for Resources and Operations in the Alaska Region of the National Park Service. Mr. Tingey has been an avid climber most of his life. n 1967 he and the other Jenny Lake Rangers were awarded the Department of the Interior Valor Award for a rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton, possibly the most difficult mountain rescue of the era. In Alaska he has continued to climb and has made several ascents of Denali, including one with his two children in 2000. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Alpine Club. He has lived in Ridgway for the past four years and serves on the board of the Ouray Ice Park.