Tag: Mount Baker

August 5 6-Day Course: Day Two

Just wrapped up a busy day of training and skills on the south side of Mount Baker. Weather is superb and the stoke is high. We’re having a good time. Everyone got a healthy dose of snow walking and self arrest practice. We also practiced knots and learned some glaciology. Looking for another day packed […]

7/29 6 Day Course Ice Climbing

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7/29 6 Day Course Snow School Skills

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7/29 6 Day Course Off to a Solid Start

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7/25 10 Day Mountaineering Course

Hi folks this is Victor McNeil checking in with the 10 Day Course. We just spent the past 6 days on Mt Baker, covering crevasse Rescue, ice climbing, glacier travel, knots and a whole lot more. Yesterday the entire team summitted Mt Baker! We are heading back to Seattle and look forward to climbing Mt […]

July 21 Baker Climb: Day One

Hello everyone! After an uneventful hike through alpine meadows with stupendous views of Mount Shuksan and the North Cascades, we have set up camp at 6,000 feet at the base of the Squak Glacier. The weather is great and we’re in high spirits, soon to enjoy a hearty dinner of Super Ramen – what a […]

North Ridge of Baker Climb

Hi Everyone,
All is well on our North Ridge of Mount Baker climb. Today we practiced ice climbing in preparation for our summit attempt tomorrow. The team is doing well and enjoy a fabulous sunset with dinner. Tomorrow we go for the summit.
Cheers,
Set…

7/8 6-Day Course: 100% Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Kristie Kayl checked in from their camp on the South Side of Mount Baker after a successful summit climb. 100% of students on the course made it to the summit!

7/1 9-Day Course Summits Mount Baker!

Cruiser summit day today – the students on our 9-Day Course put their skills to the test and found themselves up to the challenge of Mount Baker. We stood on the summit at 12:15 this afternoon and arrived safely back in camp by 3pm. Everyone is enjoying a well deserved nap now. 🙂 Next up, […]

7/1 9-Day Course: Day 3

Life is good on the north side of Baker. Folks are doing well and enjoying the mountain ambience. We’ve had variable weather at times: snow, sleet, rain, fog and occasionally sun. Today things have turned for the better and we got a lot of skills covered: knots, prusiks, ropes, snow anchors, crack rescue techniques. Tomorrow […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Is My Training Working?

    Is my training working? Whether explicitly spoken or implied, this is the question many climbers ask of themselves, their friends, and perhaps their guides. At Alpine Ascents, we hear this question weekly. While the best answer to this question requires a comprehensive understanding of you and your objective, there are simpler ways to get a […]

  • Not on the Gear List, But in our Backpacks

    Off-List Must-Haves Gear lists are honed utilitarian tools for packing for a trip. Our gear lists represent years of carefully considering only and exactly what is needed for a given climb. You might wonder: are there things worth bringing into the mountains not on our gear lists? Absolutely! Loaded Smartphone (the Electronic Multi-Tool) A smartphone […]

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    Wash Down Gear When It Gets Dirty

    Cleaning Down Gear: What’s The Real Deal? Today’s down can be chemically treated so it is hydrophobic, and is available in super-powered 900 or 1000+ fill-power. These fancy, lightweight, and expensive items naturally give us pause at the laundry room door. We automatically know not to treat our down gear like a cotton t-shirt. So what’s […]

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