Tag: Rock Climbing

8 Day Cascades Intermediate Finishes

Yo peeps- Checking in one last time to wrap things up. We had a solid couple of days around Wa Pass & Mazama. Day 6, we went to a crag and worked on a lot of skills including lead belaying, multi-pitch climbing, top belays, 3:1 hauls in vertical terrain, and lowering with a belay device […]

KNOTS AND HITCHES: THE WATER KNOT

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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 […]

CAMP CHEF: SUPER RAMEN

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  Welcome to our recurring series- Camp Chef! In this series of posts, we will discuss cooking in the backcountry and highlight some of our favorite recipes to use in a variety of situations. We will focus on simple, easy, and nutritious recipes that have proven delicious in the mountain environment, and offer related tips […]

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 […]

Knots and Hitches: The Clove Hitch

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The following is the second 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 figure-8, ring bend- and hitches like the Munter & Prusik! The clove hitch is a simple, essential, quickly tied, adjustable, strong alpine wunder-knot! This […]

Knot’s & Hitches: The Double Fisherman’s bend

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The following is the second 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 figure-8, ring bend- and hitches like the Munter & Prusik!   The Double Fisherman’s bend is a simple knot used to join two ends […]

7/10 Alpine Rock Climbing: Hungry Goats, Beautiful Summit

AAI Lead Guide Victor McNeil checked in from the summit of South Early Winter Spire yesterday.   The team climbed via the ultra-classic South Arete (5.6) and had a grand time.  One climber had his sock eaten by a mountain goat.  Other than the loss of one sock, it was a successful day out! 

Private Alpine Rock Course: Beautiful Views, Spectacular Rock Climbing!

AAI Lead Guide Seth Timpano just returned from a glorious private trip to Washington Pass!    On the first day, Seth and Rick climbed the ultra classic North Face of Burgundy Spire (pictured).   The next day, the two climbed Rebel Yell (5.10) on Chianti Spire.   If you’re interested in learning the ropes of […]

May 16 Matterhorn Prep: Climbing, Climbing, and More Climbing.

AAI Lead Guide and rockmaster extraordinaire, Seth Timpano, just checked in from the summit of South Early Winter Spire (SEWS) in Washington Pass.  They climbed the pinnacle via the ultra-classic South Arete.  The route was pretty snowy, even icy in some spots but Joel crushed it.   Talk about great training for the Matterhorn!  Yesterday, […]

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    Blister Prevention and Foot Care

      Blister Prevention words: Mike Hawkins   Take a few seconds to think of the toughest person you know, or the toughest person you can imagine from your favorite action movie… Got it? This person should probably be covered in mud or have some cuts on their arms and legs, but they don’t care because […]

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    Gear Spotlight: The Headlamp

    Words: Val Peckarsky Photo Credit: Cecily Breeding It has been said that if you don’t pack a headlamp on a trip, you are guaranteed to need one. Small and easily overlooked, headlamps are extremely useful in the backcountry for pre-dawn alpine starts, late-night cooking sessions, and pretty much any other time a little extra light […]

  • Is My Training Working?

    Is my training working? Whether explicitly spoken or implied, this is the question many climbers ask of themselves, their friends, and perhaps their guides. At Alpine Ascents, we hear this question weekly. While the best answer to this question requires a comprehensive understanding of you and your objective, there are simpler ways to get a […]

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