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Normal Route Team 3 arrives in Penitentes

Today our team moved up from Mendoza to Penitentes. We had a quick stop in Puqios to unload all of our expedition gear to be loaded on the mules. Tomorrow we begin our trek into Confluencia and everyone is very … Continue reading

Pic from our Puja ceremony

Attached is a picture for our Puja ceremony today below Ama Dablam. Over the next couple days will try to post a few more pictures. Enjoy
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2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek – To the Mountains

Hello all, Today we left Cusco behind and traveled into the mountains to a small village called Chinchero. We visited a beautiful textile center, where local women take raw alpaca wool and spin it into works of art. Chincero is … Continue reading

9/25 3-Day Muir Summits!

The team summits Rainier in sunny weather. We had a great climb up to Columbia Crest yesterday, although the winds were quite high on the summit, the weather was warm making it a memorable experience for all.

Mont Blanc #5 summits!

Congratulations to Joe Stock and team for there recent ascent on Mont Blanc. They reached the summit yesterday morning and are working there way back to town. We will have more pictures and updates shortly. Nice job! Jonathon Jonathon Spitzer … Continue reading

8/24 9-Day complete!

Here’s a photo of almost the entire 8/24 9-Day course standing on the summit of Mt Rainier this morning as we wrapped up a successful climb! Thanks for following our cybercast! Paul Koubek


  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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