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 […]

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  • Top-10 Gear Misconceptions

    Misconceptions about climbing gear can leave you wandering in the woods. In this article, we’ll look at the top-10 most common gear-related misconceptions for those newer to mountaineering, and offer some quick comments in answer. This piece was originally published in 2017, but it’s proved so helpful that we pulled it from the archives and […]

  • Improving Body Composition for Mountaineering

    by Maria Faires, RD Strength-to-weight ratio is an important key performance indicator for the mountain climbing athlete. Have you ever tried to hike up a steep trail with a heavy backpack?  The more you carry, the harder the effort. Weight matters.   A mountaineer’s performance will be enhanced by being as close to their ideal body […]

  • The Backcountry Luxuries

    by Trevor Husted  How to decide if the items you can’t live without should come along your next adventure Humans naturally seem to flee from the discomforts of life, mountain guides gravitate towards that light. It is as if there is some sort of element in a mountain guide that finds something bizarrely satiating in taking […]

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