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.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Most beloved book?
    Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

    What’s always in your snack bag?

    What was your first mountain?
    Mount Hood, Oregon

    In another life, I’d…
    simply spend a lifetime exploring the far corners of the globe.

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    Climb the mountain that captivates your sense of wonder.

    Significant Ascents

    Guided –

    Huayna Potosi, 120 + ascents
    Pequeño Alpamayo
    Mount Rainier
    Mount Baker

    Personal –

    Huayna Potosi (West Face)
    Illimani (North-South Traverse)
    Ala Izquierda
    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


    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 […]


    • Baker Botany 101

      by Brooke Warren People often ask if it’s boring to climb the same mountain over and over again. Honestly, it doesn’t get boring, because the route is constantly evolving and it’s amazing to witness the life cycle off the flora and fauna throughout an entire season. While summiting a mountain is a laudable goal, it’s […]

    • Dear Alpine: Foggy Glacier Glasses

      Hey Alpine, My glacier glasses get so foggy when I’m hiking up the Muir snowfield that it’s like my eyeballs are in a sauna.  How can I beat the steam and get my visibility back?   Help! Sincerely, Blinded by the Exertion  *** Hi Blinded, We’ve all been there!   Heavy breathing and eyewear are not a match […]

    • Guide Skills: What’s in the Kit?

      By Trevor Husted As part of our Guide Skills Development Series, this next post focuses on the essential items to include in your first aid kit if you are guiding an alpine climb. Have you taken an opportunity to look into your med kit lately? Perhaps question why something is even in there or maybe […]

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