1/20 Denali Prep: Oh the Memories

AAI Lead Guide Devin Bishop just shared some great photos from the January 20-27 Denali Prep that was routed to Mount Baker at the last minute due to the government shutdown on the night of January 19th.   Devin estimated that it snowed between 8-10ft of snow over the duration of the course.   Seriously!   Even in snowshoes, students sunk up to their upper thighs if they strayed off the path.   All in all, it was a great course and the students couldn’t have asked for better conditions to prepare for the rigors of Denali.  Next stop, Alaska! 


  • Denali: A Photo Essay

    by Brooke Warren Denali “The High One” is the third highest of the seven summits, right behind Everest and Aconcagua, at 20,310 feet. It is an “ultra-prominent” peak with soaring vertical relief of 18,000 feet, greater even than Mount Everest (a mere 12,000′ of vertical relief) when measured from its 2,000-foot lowlands to its lofty […]

  • Top-10 Gear Misconceptions

    Misconceptions about climbing gear can leave you wandering in the woods. In this article, we’ll look at the top-10 most common gear-related misconceptions for those newer to mountaineering, and offer some quick comments in answer. This piece was originally published in 2017, but it’s proved so helpful that we pulled it from the archives and […]

  • Improving Body Composition for Mountaineering

    by Maria Faires, RD Strength-to-weight ratio is an important key performance indicator for the mountain climbing athlete. Have you ever tried to hike up a steep trail with a heavy backpack?  The more you carry, the harder the effort. Weight matters.   A mountaineer’s performance will be enhanced by being as close to their ideal body […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2021 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International