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

  • Insulated Pants and Why You (Might) Need Them

    Guide Brooke Warren in prime insulated pant conditions on the summit of Mt. Rainier. Photo by Patrick Chu. Insulated Pants can seem like a burden (will my legs really be that cold??), but they can be a critical piece of clothing in mountaineering, and can make a cold night at camp much more pleasant.  Why […]

  • Selecting Snowshoes for Expeditions

    If you are preparing to embark on a Denali Prep course or a Denali expedition with Alpine Ascents, you are also about to enter into the wonderful world of snowshoe travel. There are several reasons for our unilateral use of snowshoes over skis on these trips. First, the learning curve for snowshoeing is far less […]

  • rack of carabiners

    A guide to Carabiners

    By Mike Hawkins There are a wide variety of carabiners available on the market, and each type has its pros and cons. Some carabiners are built for very specific uses, while others are geared toward general use. For both safety and efficiency, it is worthwhile to understand the subtle differences in order to choose the […]

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