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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

  • 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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