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8 Day Cascades Intermediate Launches 🚀

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G$ here checking in from the North Cascades Scenic Highway. Imma keep this short so I can get back to some stellar sunset views.

We met in Seattle this morning and conducted a super quick gear check – one of the advantages of having everything dialed.

From there we drove north to Mt. Erie, also the place I went outdoor rock climbing for the first time 8 years ago.

The day was a bit of review and building more advanced skills off of the basics. We talked:

  • Climbing Gear
  • Knots & Hitches
  • Anchors
  • Rappelling
  • Single Pitch Top-roping
  • Multi-pitch Climbing

We also got ~5 pitches each in!

Now, we’re headed to the heart of the Cascades, Marblemount to car camp tonight. Everything we reviewed and learned today will help us as we head into one of the sickest spots in WA – Boston Basin. We’ll be up there for 4 days, so I’ll update when we get back!
Climb on,

July 21 Baker Climb: Day One

Hello everyone! After an uneventful hike through alpine meadows with stupendous views of Mount Shuksan and the North Cascades, we have set up camp at 6,000 feet at the base of the Squak Glacier. The weather is great and we’re in high spirits, soon to enjoy a hearty dinner of Super Ramen – what a life, eh?



July 15 West Ridge of Forbidden Climb

Guides Lee Lazzara and Devin Bishop checking in after a successful summit of Forbidden Peak via the ultra-classic West Ridge on Tuesday. We survived a sweltering approach on Monday then enjoyed t-shirt weather conditions and stupendous views while climbing on the ridge. Couldn’t have asked for better conditions – the North Cascades are prime for adventure right now!


Lee & Devin

Approaching Boston Basin
Torment (left) and Forbidden (right)
Whitney and Lucas at the Forbidden notch
Erik on the West Ridge
Lead Guide Lee Lazzara on top
Descending the West Ridge
Erik and Forbidden

7/17 3-Day Muir: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Lakpa Rita just checked in from high camp after a successful summit climb of Mount Rainier early this morning!

7/12 8-Day Course: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Stuart Robertson checked after a successful summit climb of Rainier via the Emmons. The students on the course put their newly minted mountaineering skills to the test and did great on their summit climb.

It was a very good trip which I enjoyed immensely. I think of all the trips that I’ve done, this is one of the best considering the modest cost of time and money required.


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