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What’s in Your Snack Bag? Backcountry Ski Edition

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Alpine Ascents guide and woman about the Ouray Ice Park, Brooke Warren, is a backcountry snack maestro.  Known for creating a delicious symphony of flavors and textures, Brooke is on top of the nosh game.  If you are about to embark on a day of backcountry skiing or questing up waterfall ice and need a […]

2022 Tahoma (Rainier) Webinar

2022 tahoma (rainier) webinar

If your 2022 summer plans include climbing the mighty Tahoma, check out the webinar we hosted on March 29. Our Director of Operations, Jonathon Spitzer, walked us through pre-trip logistics and everything you need to know before arriving at your 2PM gear check. Senior guide, Lyra Pierotti, outlined the climbing route and the flow of […]

Mountain Kitchen Confidential: Cooking on Alaska Range Courses and Beyond

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By Aili Farquhar As the bright sun pops over the shoulder of Mt. Hunter’s North Buttress the steam of our boiling breakfast water curls up into the frosty blue Alaska morning. Soon, the drone of bright DeHavilland Beavers and Otters bringing climbers into and out of the Alaska Range will fill the sky. For now, […]

Learning to Lead: Taking the Next Step with SheJumps AIARE 2

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by Alicia Mau As we made our way up the steep, northeast facing slope it became increasingly more difficult to sidehill. The wind scoured snow morphed into ice and my gloved fingers gripped my poles a bit tighter with every slip of my ski edge. We hoped switching to bootpacking would get us the rest […]

2022 Denali Webinar

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If you have the “Tall One” in your sights for 2022 or beyond, check out the Denali webinar we hosted on March 3.   Our Director of Operations, Jonathon Spitzer, and our Alaska Operations manager, Julia Doyle, walked us through pre-trip logistics and everything you need to know before boarding a flight to Denali basecamp.  Veteran […]

Dear Alpine Ascents: Demystifying Down Jackets

dear alpine ascents: demystifying down jackets

Hey Alpine, Not gonna lie, I’m brand new to mountaineering and not super savvy when it comes to gear.   Between fill power, fill weight, and all the different baffle types, trying to shop for a down jacket for my upcoming Rainier climb has left me totally confused.  Help! Sincerely, Desperately Seeking Down Hi Down Seeker, […]

What’s in Your Snack Bag? Backcountry Ski Edition

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Certified Ski Guide Shane Robinson is a man of refined culinary tastes.   He and his wife subscribe to not one, but two CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes which keep their strategic kale and beet reserves strong in the winter and crisper overflowing with heirloom lettuce, crunchy cucumbers, and all manner of delicious vegetables in the […]

Dear Alpine Ascents: Packing for Backcountry Skiing

dear alpine ascents: packing for backcountry skiing

Hey Alpine, I just took my AIARE Level 1 Course last month (115% worth it) and my friends invited me to go backcountry skiing this weekend. Psyched. I do a lot of day hiking but am pretty new to ski touring. Could you give me a primer on how to pack for a day on […]

Mountains and Meditation

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By Trevor Husted The opportunities and benefits that meditation can bring to our mountain climbing experiences If you’ve navigated to this mountaineering focused blog, there is a high likelihood that you’re interested in improving your performance in the alpine and perhaps overall quality of life. One of the more intriguing ways to boost our mental […]

Dear Alpine Ascents: Mountaineering Courses

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Hey Alpine, I’m resolved. 2022 is the year I learn the ropes (pun intended) of mountaineering. You have a lot of offerings on your site and I’m not sure which one is right for me. Can you give me the CliffsNotes explanation of the difference between them all? There’s a 6-Day, 8-Day, 9-Day, 10-Day, 13-Day, […]

9 Day Rainier Baker Mountaineering Course BLOG

  • Dear Alpine Ascents: Mountaineering Courses

    Hey Alpine, I’m resolved. 2022 is the year I learn the ropes (pun intended) of mountaineering. You have a lot of offerings on your site and I’m not sure which one is right for me. Can you give me the CliffsNotes explanation of the difference between them all? There’s a 6-Day, 8-Day, 9-Day, 10-Day, 13-Day, […]

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