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 from Asia to Europe. Since 2013 she has called La Paz, Bolivia home, guiding in the Cordillera Real (Royal Range) of the Andes and exploring the region’s remote glaciated peaks and granite walls. She has been guiding full time since 2014 in various regions of North and South America with extensive experience in high altitude and international expeditions and has guided climbers to 6000 meter plus summits on over 200 occasions. She has completed numerous female first ascents of technical routes on the highest peaks of the Bolivian Andes, along with a few first ascent routes on lesser explored peaks. Her fluent Spanish language skills are an asset on South American expeditions. When lower elevation beckons, her favorite pastime is exploring lost trails in the Amazon and cloud forest regions of Bolivia. Despite the adventure found in the Andes, she always looks forward to returning to the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.  Rachel guides trips around the world including Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, and the Great Peaks of Bolivia.

    Take 5 with the Guide

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

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    chocolate

    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

    Aconcagua
    Denali
    Huayna Potosi (West Face)
    Illimani (North-South Traverse)
    Sajama
    Ancohuma
    Illampu
    Chachacomani
    Chearoco
    Mururata
    Calzada
    Kasiri
    Warawarani
    Cabeza del Condor
    Pequeño Alpamayo
    Ala Izquierda
    Pico Schulze
    Wakana
    Quimsa Cruz (Multipitch Trad Routes)
    Rainier
    Baker
    Shuksan
    Adams
    Glacier Peak
    Volcanoes of Chile

    Certifications

    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Avalanche Level II
    Leave No Trace Trainer

    I thoroughly enjoyed my trek to Machu Picchu. Not only was the trek itself a fun challenge but learning about the Inca culture along was a wonderful added bonus.

    ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

    • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/12/2024

      Greeting follow climbers! Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest! With the recent long periods of sunny weather, teams all over the state have been climbing and getting out enjoying the mountains. Teams have been reaching the top of peaks across the region, from deep in the North Cascades to alpine rock routes to Mt […]

    • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 6/05/24

      Greetings follow climbers! Sunny skies have returned in the PNW today (Wednesday, June 5th) after a several days of stormy weather.  Earlier this week, two stacked atmospheric rivers impacted Washington and the Cascades, heavily producing precipitation and strong winds across the state. The Paradise snotel site picked up over 4” of water and the snotel […]

    • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 5/30/24

      Greeting follow climbers! Sunny skies dominated the PNW this Memorial Day, and climbers around the state took advantage of the weather.  We have reports of climbers reaching the summits of peaks from the tip of the North Cascades all the way down to Mt Hood in Oregon.  We continue to have teams scattered across the […]

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