Rachel Molstad

    Rachel Molstad

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    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 –

    Aconcagua
    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

    Javier was brilliant and superb! And Anna was wonderful! Best guide combo we’ve encountered. . . Big kudos to you and AAI!

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