Kristie Kayl

    Kristie Kayl

    Senior Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Kristie was raised in the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. For the past decade, Kristie has worked as a ski patroller and avalanche dog trainer in winter months. During the warm season she lives and breathes climbing and guiding of all disciplines. Kristie brings her background in international travel and expedition guiding to mountains around the world. She spends her fall season rock climbing and praying for snow.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    In another life I’d…
    Be the same

    Guilty Pleasure
    Honey mustard pretzels

    Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
    Rice? My parents didn’t que me into sugar for quite some time.

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Honey mustard pretzels

    What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
    Mt Hood in 2010 with Kevin Kayl


    Significant Ascents

    Mt Vinson
    Mt Rainier
    Mt Baker
    Mt Jefferson
    Mt Hood
    Many alpine and rock routes throughout the US and abroad


    Wilderness EMT / CPR
    Pro 1 Avalanche Certification
    AAIRE Rec. Level 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Rock Guide Course
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course

    Seldom, if ever, do you get a chance to thank a company for giving you more for you money than expected. The accommodations, logistics, safari, and climb far exceeded what I thought would be provided for the cost of the trip. The information forwarded prior to the trip, including the gear guide, was right on point.

    Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

    • 2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

      Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

    • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

      by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

    • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

      by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

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