Tag: Mountaineering School

8/24 9-Day Course Summits All Climbers!

The 8/24 9-Day Course summited the entire group today on Mt Baker in an 11 hour round trip. The entire group is back in camp, View the location or send a reply to Paul Koubek: https://inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=5ea7c54f-9706-46b2-aca8-f713cee8bfdc&adr=joxo740yojo%40post.wordpress.com Paul Koubek sent this message from: Lat 48.744632 Lon -121.841619 Do not reply directly to this message. This message […]

8/24 9-Day Starts with Ropes

The 8/24 9-Day course spent the day in the clouds and rain “learning the ropes” – knots, hitches and bends were practiced. View the location or send a reply to Paul Koubek: https://inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=35a0ba98-2131-4f41-92f7-a66b60467b40&adr=joxo740yojo%40post.wordpress.com Paul Koubek sent this message from: Lat 48.7446 Lon -121.841598 Do not reply directly to this message. This message was sent to […]

8/18 13-Day Course

Hi Folks, This is Victor and Devin checking in with the 13 Day Course. We started on the 18th with some rope work, knots, rappelling and climbing at Mt Erie. Mt Erie provides great views of the Pudget Sound and islands. Yesterday we hiked to our base camp on Mt Shuksan at 6,200’ at the […]

August 5 6-Day Summit Success!

What a day. It began at sunrise as we left camp at 6am hoping to beat the heat. The team was strong and motivated and made good time up the Easton Glacier. At 9,000 feet things got interesting – exposed ice and gaping cracks to be jumped. But the haughty crew rose to the occasion […]

August 5 6-Day Course: Day Four

Another beautiful day packed full of skills. Highlights were an extended walk on the lower Easton Glacier, jumping over crevasses and punching crampons into glacial ice. We even practiced some Leave No Trace: We finished off the skills portion of the course this afternoon with a run through crevasse rescue techniques. Now we’re preparing for […]

August 5 6-Day Course: Day Two

Just wrapped up a busy day of training and skills on the south side of Mount Baker. Weather is superb and the stoke is high. We’re having a good time. Everyone got a healthy dose of snow walking and self arrest practice. We also practiced knots and learned some glaciology. Looking for another day packed […]

July 25th 10-Day Course Route Troubles

Hi folks our team is currently at 9,200’ on Mt Rainier. Due to poor route conditions we weren’t able to make a summit attempt today. As an alternative we descended from our high camp at 10,800’ this morning to an a rock outcropping known as The Castle. We reviewed rappelling, lowering, advanced belaying techniques and […]

July 29th 6-Day Course Summits Baker!

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July 29th 6-Day Course Enjoys Perfect Weather

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7/29 6 Day Course Ice Climbing

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ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • The Notebook: When should I climb Rainier?

    Alpine Ascents climbs Mount Rainier from May through September. We are often asked which dates to choose, so here we break down the merits of each month. Mount Rainier’s Climbing Season(s) Mount Rainier can be climbed year-round. For climbers willing to adventure, even the more challenging shoulder seasons can provide interesting climbing or skiing. A […]

  • Hardshells: Waterproof Pants & Jackets

    Why do we use full-zip hardshell pants for alpine climbing? What exactly are hardshells, anyway? What features are important in hardshell jackets or pants? Why is it important not to bring half or quarter-zip hardshell pants into the high mountains? Here we answer some common questions with a few anecdotes and a few unavoidable facts. […]

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part 2: Breakdown

    Welcome to Part 2 of our Food Planning for Mountaineering blog series. This post will breakdown the mysteries of building a proper meal plan for backcountry travel. Whether you are headed out on an overnight trip or a week-long expedition, you should be able to pick up some helpful tips and meal ideas as we […]

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