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July 1 Nine-Day Course: Rainier 100% Summit Success

Everyone stood on top yesterday afternoon on a windless summit! Now we’re at the Wildberry Restaurant celebrating our success.



July 1 9-Day Course – Baker summit success!

100% success this morning on our summit attempt of Mount Baker via the Squak Glacier. We endured strong winds and blowing snow to stand on top.

Everyone is enjoying a well-deserved rest in Crag View camp this afternoon. Next up: Mount Rainier!



Pre-Weekend Update!

It’s been a busy week here in Washington!   The 6/1 9-Day course over on the South Side of Mt. Baker took a deep dive into the basics of crevasse rescue yesterday and they are planning to a summit attempt today.   The photo below is of the team coming back from their crack rescue classroom.    Elsewhere on Baker, our 6/29 N. Ridge climb summitted a few days ago and climbers RAVED about the program.   Our standard 3-day Baker programs have also been having great summit success despite the somewhat lackluster weather of the past week.

Meanwhile on Rainier….

Our 6/30 Emmons climb summited.  We launched an 8-day mountaineering course yesterday to Rainier yesterday.  They are doing a comprehensive snow school in Glacier Basin and are hoping for good weather for a summit attempt of the Emmons next week.  The 7/2 Kautz climb summitted and will be heading out of the field today.

Further afield…

Our women’s 6-day mountaineering course is headed out of the field after six glorious days on Mt. Shuksan.  Unfortunately, a slippery summit pyramid and lackluster weather foiled their summit attempt yesterday.  However, a great time was had by all on the course and they thoroughly enjoyed learning the basics of mountaineering in such a beautiful venue.  Our Cascades rock climbing course is on route to Leavenworth to sample some fine PNW granite.  Last but not least, our 6/1 Adams climb was a rousing success with 100% of climbers making the summit.

6/21 8-Day Course: 100% Summit Success on the Emmons

6/21 8-Day Course: Moves up to Camp Schurman

AAI Lead Guide Devin Bishop just checked in from Camp Schurman. The team is doing well and psyched for their upcoming summit attempt.

Absolutely Awesome. It inspired me to continue to pursue climbing and I am looking forward to the next opportunity I can arrange a trip. The guides were each capable of leading the entire group or providing additional instruction on an individual basis. My confidence in their skills and abilities never became a question.


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