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May 13 6-Day Course

AAI Lead Guide Kristie Kayl just checked in from another beautiful day on the south side of Mount Baker. Today they had a comprehensive snow school and learned about safe and efficient movement on snow. The team also learned how to make bomber snow anc…

May 13 6-Day Course: Settling into Sandy Camp on Mount Baker

AAI Lead Guide Kristie Kayl just checked in from a little over 6,000′ at Sandy Camp on the south side of Mount Baker.  It’s a downright beautiful day up there.   Everyone is doing great!

5/6 6-Day Course: Crevasse Rescue

AAI Lead Guide Stuart Robertson just checked in from the South Side of Mount Baker.  After a successful summit attempt yesterday, they are working on honing in skills today.   They plan on covering belaying and rappelling this morning, followed by crevasse rescue this afternoon.   The weather has taken a turn for the gloomy – a […]

Windshells 101

Imagine climbing 5,000 vertical feet in a day during mid-summer covered in bubble wrap. Sounds hot and sweaty, right? That is essentially what it’s like trying to hike in a waterproof shell – loads of condensation and excessive heat retention. Thus, the need for a truly breathable active layer. Wind resistant, water resistant, and breathable, […]

The Notebook: Baker or Rainier?

Welcome to The Notebook, where we will have guest writers presenting special features based on their fields of expertise, covering topics from mountaineering to adventure travel and everything in between. By Peter Potterfield As the author of Selected Climbs in the Cascades, both volumes 1 and 2, I get emails daily from adventurers coming to […]

8/27 6-Day Course

The 8/27 6-day mountaineering course has wrapped up an excellent week of training and climbing on Mount Baker in Washington’s North Cascades.  After a day of rock climbing and skills practice at Mt. Erie on Anacortes Island our team moved to the stunning Cragview camp.  Within a day’s walk of our camp everyone was able […]

8/27 6-Day Course: All Good!

AAI Lead Guide Matt Wiech just checked in from the South Side of Baker. The team just got back from a successful glacier walk. The students are really picking up the fine art of roped travel. They have a nice crack scouted out for tomorrow’s crevasse rescue day!

8/18 9-Day Course: 100% Success on Baker, Now onto Rainier

Our 9-day course had a wonderful 6 days on Baker learning the ropes (pun intended) of glacial travel.   They culminated the first half of the course with a summit of mighty Mount Baker (8/8 climbers to the top) and now are headed back to Seattle to regroup, sleep in real beds, and head to […]

8/13 6-Day Course: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Patrick Chu just checked in from Hogsback Camp on Mount Baker after a successful summit bid. They left camp at 6:30AM, were on the summit around 12:30PM, and were back in camp at 4:00PM. Everyone is doing great! The team also ran into another Alpine Ascents group on the summit. AAI Guide […]

8/13 6-Day Course: Working on Snow Anchors!

AAI Lead Guide Patrick Chu just checked in from Hogsback Camp on the North Side of Mount Baker.  The team is doing well!   While they intended to go ice climbing today, the team was thwarted by a raging glacial river.  Instead, the team is working on snow anchors, belaying, and rappelling.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

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    KNOTS AND HITCHES: THE WATER KNOT

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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