Kristie grew up in Oregon’s PNW. After skiing off the summit of Mt Hood for the first time, she fell in love with ski mountaineering and has continued to explore and ski the Cascades. In the winter, she works as a Ski Patroller and Avalanche Dog trainer on Mt Hood. During the warm months she lives and breaths climbing and guiding. This year, she will bring her background in international travel and adventurous spirit to the Kilimanjaro program. Kristie usually spends her fall season in search of new climbing areas throughout the world and praying for snow.
Kristie truly provided an in-depth educational experience beyond just bagging a peak. Every moment of every day provided some sort of educational point: optimizing tents. Setting up camp. Sleeping systems. Food selection and prep. How to pee in a damn bottle as a woman. Quite literally, with every step of the day, Kristie had a pearl to provide. And not only was her education consistent, it was approachable and clear, setting me up with the confidence to use all these skills again in the future. – 2018 Mountaineering School Student
Denali – 2 expeditions
Mt Rainier, 3 routes, ski descent
Mt Baker, ski descent
Glacier Peak, ski descent
Mt Adams, ski descent
Mt Hood, multiple ski descents
Mt Hood circumnavigation on skis
Broken Top, ski descent
Monkey Face, Smith Rock
Various rock routes throughout Thailand, British Columbia, Smith Rock, OR, and Japan
Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
As compared to other Alpine Ascents trips I have been on (Denali, Elbrus), this trip was on par with the level of service I have come to know Alpine Ascents by. As compared to other organizations, this trip was on the high end with regards to ease of use, services, options offered.