Rachel Molstad

Rachel Molstad

Guide: Washington, Bolivia

Rachel grew up in Oregon and attended college in her home state, earning a degree in International Studies before beginning a series of explorations of many regions of the world, living in several different countries. Since 2013 she has called La Paz, Bolivia home, guiding in the Cordillera Real of the Andes and exploring the region’s remote glaciated peaks and granite walls. She speaks fluent Spanish. Despite the adventure found in the Andes, she always looks forward to returning to the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Significant Ascents

Guided –

Huayna Potosi, 120 + ascents
Pequeño Alpamayo
Illimani
Sajama
Chachacomani
Mount Rainier
Mount Baker

Personal –

Bolivia:
Huayna Potosi (West Face)
Illimani (North-South Traverse)
Ala Izquierda
Chearoco
Cabeza del Condor (Southeast Face)
Pequeño Alpamayo (West Face)
Gorra del Hielo (South & West Ridge)
Emma Maria (Normal Route)
Pico del Norte (Northeast Ridge)
Pico Esperanza (Southwest Ridge)
Huayna Potosi (French Route)
Mururata (South Face)
Quimsa Cruz (Various multipitch trad routes)

Various Pacific NW Peaks

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder / CPR
Avalanche Level I
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 […]

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