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

    It was fantastic. Will definitely recommend it to friends. Cannot imagine it being any better. One particularly unexpected but delightful experience was the 2 hour train ride from Aguas Calientes – the scenery was absolutely spectacular.


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