Rainier/Cascades Blog Cybercasts

8/1 3-Day Muir Climb – Summit Success!

AAI Guide Lakpa Rita checked in from Ingraham Flats after a successful summit climb!   The team reported excellent climbing conditions.  They are headed down the mountain to take advantage of a much needed celebratory meal.

7/25 8-Day Intermediate Course: Climbs Sharkfin Tower

AAI Guide Victor McNeil just checked in from the base of Sharkfin Tower in beautiful Boston Basin.  The team climbed the Southeast Ridge (5.0) as a warm-up for the ultra-classic West Ridge of Forbidden tomorrow.

7/25 8-day intermediate course: climbs sharkfin tower

Route Work: Hard Work, But Somebody’s Gotta Do It!

AAI Director of Field Operations, Jonathon Spitzer, took a “break” from office life to work on the DC route today.   Looking good!

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7/24 8-Day Course: Headed to Camp Schurman

AAI Guide Jangbu Sherpa checked in from the 8-Day Emmons course.  The team is doing well and will be moving up to Camp Schurman (9,440′) later on today.   They will be making their summit attempt from here very early tomorrow morning.    Good luck!

7/20 10-Day Course: Summit Success on Glacier Peak, Headed Down

AAI Guide David Gottlieb checked in from the 7/20 10-Day course.   The team successfully summitted Glacier Peak (10,541′), made it back to high camp safely, and will be coming out of the field later on today.  Congrats team!

7/26 3-Day Muir Climb: Great Success!

AAI Guide Lakpa Rita Sherpa just checked in from high camp at Ingraham Flats (11,100′) after a successful summit climb.  7 climbers and 3 guides reached the top of Washington early this AM.   Yahoo!  They are packing up their gear and will start heading down the mountain shortly.

7/26 3-day muir climb: great success!


7/19 6-Day Course: Photos!

AAI Guide Brooke Warren just shared some awesome photos from the 7/19 6-Day course she guided. Enjoy!

7/19 6-day course: photos!

7/19 6-day course: photos!

7/19 6-day course: photos!

7/19 6-day course: photos!

7/25 8-Day Intermediate Course: Fun Times on Blue’s Buttress

AAI Guide Victor McNeil just checked in from the 7/25 8-Day Intermediate Course where the course has been taking WA Pass by storm. The whole team successfully climbed Blue’s Buttress (5.6) on Poster Peak yesterday. They are going to climb another few days WA Pass before heading to Boston Basin on Wednesday.

7/20 10-Day Course: Summited Baker!

AAI Guide David Gottlieb just checked in from the Squak Glacier after a successful summit attempt. The students on the course put their new skills to work and climbed to the top of Komo Kulshan today. Right now they are taking it easy and are looking forward to heading to Glacier Peak next.

7/24 3-Day Muir: Headed Up!

7/24 3-day muir:  headed up!


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