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CAMP CHEF: SUPER RAMEN

  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 […]

8/27 6-Day Course

The 8/27 6-day mountaineering course has wrapped up an excellent week of training and climbing on Mount Baker in Washington’s North Cascades.  After a day of rock climbing and skills practice at Mt. Erie on Anacortes Island our team moved to the stunning Cragview camp.  Within a day’s walk of our camp everyone was able […]

8/27 6-Day Course: All Good!

AAI Lead Guide Matt Wiech just checked in from the South Side of Baker. The team just got back from a successful glacier walk. The students are really picking up the fine art of roped travel. They have a nice crack scouted out for tomorrow’s crevasse rescue day!

8/18 9-Day Course: 100% Success on Baker, Now onto Rainier

Our 9-day course had a wonderful 6 days on Baker learning the ropes (pun intended) of glacial travel.   They culminated the first half of the course with a summit of mighty Mount Baker (8/8 climbers to the top) and now are headed back to Seattle to regroup, sleep in real beds, and head to […]

August 10 Nine-Day Course: Rainier Summit Success

Taking advantage of a tremendous weather window and a psyched crew of climbers, we decided to get things started early and began climbing at 8:20am this morning from Camp Muir. The route was long, but we were up to it, standing atop Columbia Crest at 3:05pm today. Everyone is now in bed at Ingraham Flats, […]

8/13 6-Day Course: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Patrick Chu just checked in from Hogsback Camp on Mount Baker after a successful summit bid. They left camp at 6:30AM, were on the summit around 12:30PM, and were back in camp at 4:00PM. Everyone is doing great! The team also ran into another Alpine Ascents group on the summit. AAI Guide […]

August 10 Nine-Day Course: Day Seven

Change of venue: we switched to Mount Rainier today. Weather was great ascending the Muir Snowfield and the team was strong – arriving at Camp Muir in an astounding four hours, fifty minutes. Strong work! Tomorrow we’ll move to high camp at Ingraham Flats and see what the Mountain gives us from there. Cheers! Photo: […]

8/5 13-Day Course: On the Summit of Sahale Peak

AAI Lead Guide Victor McNeil just checked in from the summit of Sahale Peak 8,681′ in the iconic Boston Basin deep in the heart of the North Cascades.   As you can see below, it was a stunner of a day.  After some much needed rain this weekend, the smoke that has been plaguing the PNW […]

8/13 6-Day Course: Working on Snow Anchors!

AAI Lead Guide Patrick Chu just checked in from Hogsback Camp on the North Side of Mount Baker.  The team is doing well!   While they intended to go ice climbing today, the team was thwarted by a raging glacial river.  Instead, the team is working on snow anchors, belaying, and rappelling.

August 10 Nine-Day Course: Baker Summit Success!

Glorious conditions were enjoyed on our ascent of the Squak Glacier this morning and the team stood atop the ever impressive summit of Koma Kulshan at 10am. Sweet success!
Everyone is now resting at camp, enjoying their accomplishments.
Ciao!Photos: D…

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  • CAMP CHEF: SUPER RAMEN

      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 […]

  • Windshells 101

    Imagine climbing 5,000 vertical feet in a day during mid-summer covered in bubble wrap. Sounds hot and sweaty, right? That is essentially what it’s like trying to hike in a waterproof shell – loads of condensation and excessive heat retention. Thus, the need for a truly breathable active layer. Wind resistant, water resistant, and breathable, […]

  • The Notebook: Baker or Rainier?

    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 […]

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