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

  • Denali: A Photo Essay

    by Brooke Warren Denali “The High One” is the third highest of the seven summits, right behind Everest and Aconcagua, at 20,310 feet. It is an “ultra-prominent” peak with soaring vertical relief of 18,000 feet, greater even than Mount Everest (a mere 12,000′ of vertical relief) when measured from its 2,000-foot lowlands to its lofty […]

  • Top-10 Gear Misconceptions

    Misconceptions about climbing gear can leave you wandering in the woods. In this article, we’ll look at the top-10 most common gear-related misconceptions for those newer to mountaineering, and offer some quick comments in answer. This piece was originally published in 2017, but it’s proved so helpful that we pulled it from the archives and […]

  • Improving Body Composition for Mountaineering

    by Maria Faires, RD Strength-to-weight ratio is an important key performance indicator for the mountain climbing athlete. Have you ever tried to hike up a steep trail with a heavy backpack?  The more you carry, the harder the effort. Weight matters.   A mountaineer’s performance will be enhanced by being as close to their ideal body […]

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