Valerie Peckarsky

    Valerie Peckarsky

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Valerie grew up in Virginia making mud soup and building tree forts with her older brother. Now she gets to enjoy all the things that being a year round resident of the Evergreen State has to offer. She has not yet developed immunity to mosquito or black fly bites, but is hopeful that she will have a breakthrough this summer. Valerie is most fulfilled when she is surrounded by good people and partaking in new challenges and experiences, preferably outdoors and ideally in the mountains. This makes guiding for AAI a true dream come true in many ways. On a trip with Valerie, you will get patient, encouraging instruction, a hint of dry humor, and detailed instruction on the optimal way to get the most out of your Wag Bag Experience. Recently, she has been really excited about learning to make beaded jewelry, skiing, and listening to history podcasts while making delicious soups.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    What was your first mountain?
    Mary’s Rock in Shenandoah National Park

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Trader Joe’s Sour Scandinavian Swimmers

    What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not guiding?
    See live music

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week
    Dolly Parton

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers
    Your journey doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. Follow what motivates you and brings you joy and you will end up where you need to be.

    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Rainier
    Mt. Baker
    Middle Teton
    Grand Teton (Owen-Spalding)
    Mt. Shuksan (Fisher Chimneys)


    Wilderness EMT
    Avalanche 1 & 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor


    • Diabetes in the Wild

      Submission By Morgan McGonagle I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 12 years old. As a very active and independent 12-year-old, this was not a convenient diagnosis. I wanted to be outside as much as possible at the time and was planning to attend a summer camp where I would be away […]

    • Training for Mountaineering Webinar with Steve House

      Alpine Ascents International hosted Steve House, founder of Uphill Athlete and author of the training bible for mountaineers and trail runners, Training for the Uphill Athlete, for a free webinar on February 20th. Steve covered the training approach that he used in his own career as a professional climber which he now uses to help […]

    • Self Love and Wilderness

      Submission by Avalon Qian. “Tag responsibly, keep the West wild.” I pause mid-mindless-instagram scroll. This is not the first time I have seen this sentiment in an instagram post or an article about leaving no trace: “Tag responsibly.” “Keep the West wild.” What does this tag mean? I understand the fear that wild places may […]

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