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Kristie Kayl

Kristie Kayl

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Kristie grew up in Oregon’s PNW.  After skiing off the summit of Mt Hood for the first time, she fell in love with ski mountaineering and has continued to explore and ski the Cascades. In the winter, she works as a Ski Patroller and Avalanche Dog trainer on Mt Hood. During the warm months she lives and breaths climbing and guiding. Kristie usually spends her fall season in search of new climbing areas throughout the world and praying for snow.

Guide For:

Aconcagua
Denali

Significant Ascents

Mt Hood, multiple ski descents
Mt Hood circumnavigation on skis
Mt Jefferson
Mt Rainier, 3 routes, ski descent
Glacier Peak, ski descent
Mt Baker, ski descent
Broken Top, ski descent
Mt Adams, ski descent

Mt. Shuksan
Forbidden Peak
Liberty Bell
Sharkfin Tower
Monkey Face, Smith Rock
Various rock routes throughout Thailand, British Columbia, Smith Rock, OR, and Japan

Certifications

WFR/CPR
EMT
Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer

I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition I was especially impressed with the management of details, such as planning a variety of delicious meals and the schedule on the mountain which put our group in the best position to summit. Overall I thought the expedition was fantastic!

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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