Category: Blog

2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

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Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

How To: Become a Guide

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By Kate Keith-Simms You’ve been dreaming of the outdoor office: lunch breaks taken overlooking snow capped peaks, “emails” coming in from the inReach, and a daily to-do list that includes navigating through a maze of crevasses and introducing others to the wonders of the alpine environment.  But sometimes this dream can seem daunting. If you’re […]

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 […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Revealed: Alpine Ascents New Guide Training

    by Kate Keith-Simms After building up your climbing resume, assembling the required certifications, and submitting your application materials to the Alpine Ascents Guide Manager, you finally receive that long awaited email… Congratulations! After making a very favorable impression during the interview process in addition to excellent references and an impressive climbing resume, we are happy […]

  • Dear Alpine: Internships?

    Hey Alpine, My heart is in the mountains. Ever since I watched the sun rise over the Easton Glacier on my 6-day course this summer, I’ve dreamed of kicking my REI vest and nametag to the curb and picking up a rope and crampons. It’s time for an outdoor office. Other than my guided climb […]

  • 2022 Aconcagua Webinar

    If your 2022 winter plans include climbing the Stone Sentinel, check out the webinar we hosted on October 4th.  Lead Aconcagua Guide, Rachel Molstad, outlined both climbing routes and what to expect on the expedition.   Our Gear Manager, Ciara Sampaio, walked us through gear considerations along with helpful information on porters, money, and pre-trip logistics.  […]

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