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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 […]

9/25 3-Day Climb: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Stuart Robertson just checked in from Pebble Creek after a successful trip to the summit.  While the route wasn’t easy, the team made it to the top of Rainier.   It was also Craig Van Hoy’s 446 summit of Rainier, giving him the 3rd most summits of ALL TIME!   Congrats team and a […]

9/21 3-Day Muir: Turned by Weather and Route Conditions

Our 9/21 3-Day Muir Climb turned at the top of the Cleaver due to route conditions and deteriorating weather. Even though the team didn’t make it to the summit, they had a great climb regardless!

9/13 3-Day Rainier Climb: Summit Success!

It’s late season on Rainier but the summit train is still going strong! AAI Lead Guide David Gottlieb checked in from high camp after another successful summit bid. Congrats team!

8/28 3-Day Climb: Foiled by High Winds

Our 3-Day Rainier climb gave it their best effort, but summit plans were foiled by winds up high. Even though our team didn’t make it to the top, we do have reports from the mountain that there is now a route to the summit. All that route work and scouting paid off!

8/26 3-Day Summit Climb: Foiled by Route Conditions

Our 8/26 3-Day Muir climb made it to the top of the Disappointment Cleaver. The team decided to turn around due to the marginal condition of the route and concerns about ice fall. We are currently hard at work looking for an alternate, safer path to the summmit and have route workers headed up to […]

8/22 3-Day Rainier Climb: Summit Success

AAI Lead Guide Victor McNeil just called from Camp Muir after a successful summit climb. Congratulations team!

August 10 Nine-Day Course: Rainier Summit Success

Taking advantage of a tremendous weather window and a psyched crew of climbers, we decided to get things started early and began climbing at 8:20am this morning from Camp Muir. The route was long, but we were up to it, standing atop Columbia Crest at 3:05pm today. Everyone is now in bed at Ingraham Flats, […]

August 10 Nine-Day Course: Day Seven

Change of venue: we switched to Mount Rainier today. Weather was great ascending the Muir Snowfield and the team was strong – arriving at Camp Muir in an astounding four hours, fifty minutes. Strong work! Tomorrow we’ll move to high camp at Ingraham Flats and see what the Mountain gives us from there. Cheers! Photo: […]


  • 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 […]

  • webbing, anchor, 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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