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Kurt Hicks

Kurt Hicks

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Kurt is an AMGA Certified Alpine and Rock Guide. From his Seattle home base he guides full-time, year-round throughout the United States, Norway, and Canada. Kurt has a degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism and is also an AIARE Avalanche Instructor. When he’s not out guiding and teaching, he enjoys climbing new routes in the Cascades and exploring the region’s phenomenal ski touring.

Significant Ascents

Mt. Rainier  via multiple routes
Mt. Stuart
Mt. Baker 40+ ascents
Denali – 5 expeditions, 3 summits
Mt. Shuskan
Glacier Peak
Mt. Adams
Liberty Bell
Mt. Francis
Mt. Barrill
Moose’s Tooth
Mini-Moonflower
Radio Control Tower
Cutthroat Peak
Various rock climbs in Washington Pass, Leavenworth, and Red Rocks

Certifications

IFMGA Aspirant Mountain Guide
AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Assistant Ski Guide
Climbing Ranger, Mount Rainier National Park
Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
Leave No Trace Master Educator
Avalanche III
Avalanche Level 1 Leader – AIARE
Avalanche Level 2 Instructor – AIARE

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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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