Kristie Kayl

    Kristie Kayl

    Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Mount Rainier, Mountaineering School

    Kristie grew up in Oregon’s PNW.  After skiing off the summit of Mt Hood for the first time, she fell in love with ski mountaineering and has continued to explore and ski the Cascades. In the winter, she works as a Ski Patroller and Avalanche Dog trainer on Mt Hood. During the warm months she lives and breaths climbing and guiding. This year, she will bring her background in international travel and adventurous spirit to the Kilimanjaro program. Kristie usually spends her fall season in search of new climbing areas throughout the world and praying for snow.

    Kristie truly provided an in-depth educational experience beyond just bagging a peak. Every moment of every day provided some sort of educational point: optimizing tents. Setting up camp. Sleeping systems. Food selection and prep. How to pee in a damn bottle as a woman. Quite literally, with every step of the day, Kristie had a pearl to provide. And not only was her education consistent, it was approachable and clear, setting me up with the confidence to use all these skills again in the future. – 2018 Mountaineering School Student

     

    Significant Ascents

    Denali – 2 expeditions
    Kilimanjaro
    Aconcagua
    Mt Rainier, 3 routes, ski descent
    Mt Baker, ski descent
    Mt. Shuksan
    Glacier Peak, ski descent
    Mt Adams, ski descent
    Mt Hood, multiple ski descents
    Mt Hood circumnavigation on skis
    Mt Jefferson
    Broken Top, ski descent
    Forbidden Peak
    Liberty Bell
    Sharkfin Tower
    Monkey Face, Smith Rock
    Various rock routes throughout Thailand, British Columbia, Smith Rock, OR, and Japan

    Certifications

    WFR/CPR
    EMT
    Avalanche Level 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer

    I have to say, that I can only speak of Alpine Ascents, the Seattle office, Gordon Janow, Joe in equipment, Chris, Ellen Cravens and Eric Murphy in superlatives. From the first phone call with Chris, through the end of our trip, and followup, our experience with Alpine Ascents has been great, without reproach. At every step of the way, we felt that fine attention was given to our every need.

    Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

    • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

      by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

    • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

      by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

    • Hunger Relief Fundraiser Raises Over $30K for Kilimanjaro Crew

      We have not been able to operate Kilimanjaro expeditions since February 2020, and during that time our friends over in Tanzania have not been far from our mind. COVID-19 has decimated the Kilimanjaro tourism industry and the income that the local people rely on to house and feed their families. In a typical year, travel […]

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