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We are passionate about mountaineering gear, and want to talk to you about what you need for your next trip.

Whether you’re registered for an Alpine Ascents trip or are planning your own expedition, our small, vetted staff is on deck to help you get prepared. We’re experts in not only equipping individuals head-to-toe, but also in meeting the group needs of both small climbing teams and larger expedition groups.

Private gear consultations put you in touch with one of our expert Gear Pros, who will be with you from the first conversation until your bags are packed and ready to go. We’re about straight-shooting, reality-based gear solutions to the harsh realities of life in the mountains – not glorified sales pitches! Contact us using the form below and a Gear Pro will quickly get in touch, or tab through more information above!

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Get to know your Gear Pros.

Marc Simonpietri
After a few too many years in the flatter land of the Midwest where ice climbing could only be found in old limestone quarries, Marc tumbled into the Pacific Northwest as a climber and skier. He has since climbed most of Cascadia’s volcanoes and spent countless days finding out “how small is too small” for a climbing hold. Marc is a steady wilderness traveler no matter the weather or outlook…except when he’s dehydrated and grounded by quad cramps. Talk to Marc when your plans might involve too much “Type II fun” but you plan to go anyway – his enthusiasm is guaranteed to motivate you to send it.

gear consult valValerie Peckarsky
Valerie feels most at home when adventuring outdoors. Some especially meaningful experiences include hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine over 6 months, climbing the Grand Teton via the Owen-Spalding Route, and spending two wintry weeks camping in a snow cave on the Continental Divide in Wyoming. Through these experiences, Valerie has learned valuable lessons including (but not limited to): actually having the proper gear can take a trip from survivable to enjoyable, the value of duct tape in any backcountry setting cannot be over-exaggerated, and Taco Bell Fire Sauce packets are key to elevating any backcountry meal from palatable to a culinary masterpiece. Talk to Valerie for advice on everything from backcountry snacking to choosing which mountaineering boot will be right for your climb.

My guides both displayed a great level of expertise and confidence in their mountaineering skills. Just watching them work/guide was beneficial to the learning experience. I could not have been happier with the course. Despite challenging weather, we had lots of time to learn new skills.

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