Tag: Mount Baker

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

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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?

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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.

8/5 Baker Climb: Oh the Memories!

One of our happy climbers just shared some fabulous photographs from her recent 8/5 Mount Baker climb. Enjoy!


  • The Art of Choosing What Goes into a Pack for Fast and Light Alpine Style Objectives

    by Bobby Cosker Things to consider when packing for bigger objectives. Martha Stewart once said, “life is too complicated not to be orderly.” The same couldn’t be truer when discussing the topic of what to consider when packing your backpack for alpine climbing in the bigger mountains. Being thoughtful and orderly in how and what […]

  • 2023 Denali Season Review

    by Jessica Flandro When I, a member of the logistics team, first arrived at the Alpine Ascents office in Talkeetna, Alaska to begin preparing for the upcoming climbing season there was an unseasonable amount of snow still on the ground and more winter storms forecasted over the coming weeks. Ever the optimists, we assumed the […]

  • How To: Prepare for a Glaciated Climb

    By David Shuer  After seeing Tahoma (Rainier) from your flight into SeaTac, or reading Into Thin Air, or living in the Pacific Northwest looking up at the volcanoes that dot the skyline, you’ve got the bug and want to climb some glaciers. The options are endless in the PNW; ranging from small pocket glaciers and […]

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