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July 25th 10-Day Course – High Camp on Rainier!

Lead Guide Victor McNeil checked in via radio patch in the evening sunlight.  The group is safely dug into high camp near the Kautz Glacier, and are enjoying clear skies. They were fortunate to approach via Van Trump Park on Tuesday morning, avoiding the late-season conditions on the lower Nisqually Glacier, affording them the gorgeous […]

July 29 Emmons Climb: Summit Success!

We stood on top of Mount Rainier this morning at 11:30 after an adventurous ascent of the Emmons Glacier. The route had some challenges but we rose together to meet them in true style. Now we’re all regaling over our accomplishments at Camp Schurman while preparing dinner, looking forward to a well-deserved night’s rest. Ciao! […]

July 29 Emmons Climb: Day Two

After some snow school instruction following breakfast, we chugged our way up the Inter Glacier to Camp Schurman this afternoon. Wasn’t too hot which was perfect. Camp is now pitched and dinner on the boil. Planning on getting an early turn -in for a summit attempt tomorrow morning. The sky is thick with smoke from […]

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 29 Emmons Climb: Day One

Suuuuper warm day. We managed to survive the heat on our hike up to and through Glacier Basin and beyond. Now we’re securely ensconced at camp on the Inter Glacier at 7,800 feet. Everyone is in good spirits after a healthy dinner of super ramen and enjoying the evening light. Looking forward to a day […]

7/4 10-Day Course: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Kieran Sullivan just checked in from high camp on the Kautz. 100% of the remaining students on the course summitted Rainier via the Kautz early this morning. It was a great climb with fantastic weather. Nice!

7/4 10-Day Course: On to the Kautz!

Our 7/4 10-Day Course swung back through Seattle after 6 days training on Baker to rest and resupply before heading up on the Kautz tomorrow. Here are some photos from the first part of the course…

7/1 9-Day Course: Rainier Summit Success!

Everyone stood on the summit of Rainier yesterday afternoon. A strong effort by all involved. After a nice sleep at high camp, we descended to Muir for breakfast this morning. Everyone is headed down the snowfield to the van and looking forward to liba…

7/1 9-Day Course at Camp Muir!

Started the Rainier portion of the course today. We had stellar traveling conditions up the snowfield to Muir today, arriving at 2:30pm. Folks just finished a tasty burrito dinner and have headed to bed, dreaming of adventures to come tomorrow. Ciao, D…

6/25 10-Day Course Transitions to Rainier

We’re now all camped on the Wilson Flats, going to bed after a Mac and Cheese dinner and the group is doing really well. View the location or send a reply to Paul Koubek: https://inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=60890613-8cbc-474c-b811-6e20d845af61&adr=joxo740yojo%40post.wordpress.com Paul Koubek sent this message from: Lat 46.816564 Lon -121.748922 Do not reply directly to this message. This message was […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Guide Spotlight: Dawa Yangzum Sherpa

    While Alpine Ascents is fortunate to work with dozens of world-class guides and climbers, we are especially grateful to work with Dawa Yangzum Sherpa. Hailing from Nepal’s Rolwaling Himal, Dawa’s resume includes numerous 8000m ascents (Everest, Cho Oyu, K2), successful entries in high-altitude ultra-marathons, time spent as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, and instructorship […]

  • What should I bring on Mount Rainier?

    We are often asked what gear is necessary to climb Mount Rainier. If you’re curious to know what we use, check out this video, in which our Operations Manager Matt Miller talks through our entire gear list. Climb on!

  • 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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