Rue Beyer moved to Northern Nevada in 2012 after finishing her master’s thesis. She was born in Memphis, TN, but lived across the Mississippi River in a small farming town in Arkansas. Growing up along the Mississippi River, she and her dad spent a lot time collecting fossils and exploring the area. He inspired adventure and a love of the outdoors in her from an early age. In 1999, she and her family moved to Tifton, GA where she spent her middle and high school years heavily involved with track and field and cross country at her school as well as working in agriculture with UGA’s Tifton campus.
In 2006, she graduated high school and attended the University of Alabama where she competed for the Crimson Tide on the cross country and track team and earned her B.S. degree in Geology. After completing her undergrad, she went on to Auburn University to earn her M.Sc in Economic Geology. After graduating with her masters, she moved to Winnemucca where she worked as a geologist for Newmont Mining at the Vista Underground and Midas Mine. In October 2013, she and her husband moved to Elko after they were transferred to other Newmont projects in the area.
In the summer of 2014, she finally realized a long-held dream to get into mountaineering and climbed Mount Rainier with RMI Expeditions. She continued to pursue her climbing passion and went with RMI to do an expedition skills seminar on Denali the following year. In early 2016, she earned her Wilderness First Responder certification through NOLS in Salt Lake City and began ice climbing in Ouray, CO. She traveled again with RMI down to Ecuador that summer to climb and summited several volcanoes: Illiniza Norte (16,818’), Illiniza Sur (17,267’), and Cayambe (18,997’). She continued working on her ice climbing skills that winter and began doing multi-pitch routes in the Ouray, Silverton backcountry. She finished a 26 day expedition on Denali with RMI in May 2017, and intends to continue pursuing mountaineering. She has a great passion for the outdoors and valuable lesson it teaches people. She’s excited to help encourage and foster a love of the outdoors and help provide our local youth with programs that can teach them great life skills and a love and respect of life and the natural world.