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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  • Guide Skills: Mentorship in Guiding

    By Trevor Husted  As part of our Guide Skills Development Series, this next post focuses on the importance of mentorship in guiding and where to find it.  Look into the origins of the word mentor and you will find links to Greek Mythology, more specifically Homer’s poem “The Odyssey.” In this epic, Odysseus goes off […]

  • Find your people. Find your community.

    by Liane Lau Arriving to the Alpine Ascents Seattle Office at 0630 for gear check – made me question my life choices. To be an effective mountaineer, you should be a combination of a marathon runner, a weight-lifter, and a climber. I am none of those things. I don’t even particularly like those things. The […]

  • Plants of Washington and their Native Roots

    By Kate Keith-Simms Plants provide invaluable insight not only to the spaces they inhabit, but also to those who live upon the land. Since time immemorial, Native American communities have foraged, hunted, and thrived on the resources the land offers. This is a short pick of a few plants of Washington used by specific Native […]

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