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Anna Zajicek

Anna Zajicek

Guide: Washington, International

Climbing and adventure has been an inherent part of Anna’s life since the age of 9 when her father first took her rock climbing on limestone bluffs in Red Wing, Minnesota. Originally from Wisconsin, the climbing seed was planted early and continued to grow. In 2012 she discovered a place called Indian Creek, Utah and a thing called van life and has been totally hooked every since.

Anna has spent the past 8 austral summers working as an expedition outfitter and camp manager at remote field camps in Antarctica, based out of McMurdo Station where she is also a member of the Search and Rescue team. During her North American summers she has worked Trails in Denali National Park, Wilderness in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and as a Rope Access Technician for industrial abseiling companies in Nevada and Hawaii. While she isn’t making coffee on the polar plateau or hanging off wind turbines in Nebraska or guiding in Washington, most of her free time is spent travelling to new and familiar places, going on long climbing road trips and visiting family and friends around the world.

Significant Ascents

Mount Rainier, WA
Mt. Aspiring, NZ
The Grand Teton, WY
Monster Tower, UT
Third Pillar of Dana, CA
Half Dome, CA
Lexington Tower, WA

Numerous Alpine Rock routes in California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, British Columbia, Washington, and Thailand as well as treks in the Himalaya of Nepal and the Andes of Peru.

Certifications

WFR/CPR
AIARE Level 1
SPRAT/IRATA Level 1
Leave No Trace Trainer

Ben was a particularly effective leader. The three made a great team – Ben providing the leadership, Admil the local knowledge (which was amazingly broad) and Yosif helping with individual issues.  Admil was never at a loss when asked about local flora or fauna – if he did not know (rarely), he provided  the answer […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

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    KNOTS AND HITCHES: THE WATER KNOT

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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