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Sara Cohen

Sara Cohen

Guide: Washington, International

Sara was born and raised in Coastal Maine but has called the PNW home for over 12 years. Before starting her career as mountain guide in the Cascades 8 years ago, she worked for several years as a whitewater guide. In the winters, Sara works as a Professional Ski Patroller at Crystal Mountain, with her primary focus being on her role as the director of the avalanche rescue dog group and it’s non-profit, Cascade Mountain Rescue Dogs.

When not working in the mountains, Sara works part-time as a Veterinary Technician in Bellingham; or on the road working Climate Ride events, a benefit cycling ride raising money to support bicycle advocacy and sustainability. Sara’s passionate about being active in the outdoors, mountain safety, and sharing the unforgettable experience of climbing the Cascade volcanos.

Every now and then Sara gets to sleep at home in Bellingham, WA with her partner, Dylan, also a guide for AAI, and their two dogs; a working Border Collie, Piper, and the resident geriatric Husky, Denali.

Significant Ascents

Aconcagua
Mt. Rainier (~ 60 summits by multiple routes)
Mount Baker
Mount Hood, with ski ascent

Certifications

W-EMT
Avalanche Level II
Outdoor Emergency Technician
National Ski Patrol Member (11 years)
Leave No Trace Trainer
National Avalanche School Certificate
International Snow Safety Workshop (2017)

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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