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7/29 6 Day Course Snow School Skills

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7/29 6 Day Course Off to a Solid Start

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July 29 Emmons Climb: Day Two

After some snow school instruction following breakfast, we chugged our way up the Inter Glacier to Camp Schurman this afternoon. Wasn’t too hot which was perfect. Camp is now pitched and dinner on the boil. Planning on getting an early turn -in for a summit attempt tomorrow morning. The sky is thick with smoke from […]

7/25 10 Day Mountaineering Course

Hi folks this is Victor McNeil checking in with the 10 Day Course. We just spent the past 6 days on Mt Baker, covering crevasse Rescue, ice climbing, glacier travel, knots and a whole lot more. Yesterday the entire team summitted Mt Baker! We are heading back to Seattle and look forward to climbing Mt […]

8 Day Cascades Intermediate Finishes

Yo peeps- Checking in one last time to wrap things up. We had a solid couple of days around Wa Pass & Mazama. Day 6, we went to a crag and worked on a lot of skills including lead belaying, multi-pitch climbing, top belays, 3:1 hauls in vertical terrain, and lowering with a belay device […]

8 Day Cascades Intermediate Returns from Boston Basin

Helloooo internet world, We had a stellar time up in Boston Basin and made it down safely. Day 4 we had two teams climbing the mega classic West Ridge of Forbidden and one team on Sharkfin Tower. Yesterday, day 5, we even got some ice climbing in on the Quien Sabe Glacier. After that, we […]

8 Day Cascades Intermediate Checks in from Boston Basin

Yo! Found some LTE here on the way back to camp and figured I’d get a quick update out! We hiked up to Boston Basin yesterday, setup camp, and worked on a few rope skills – roping up for glacier travel in 2-4 person teams, and mechanical advantage haul systems from 1:1 to 6:1. Then […]

7/4 10-Day Course: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Kieran Sullivan just checked in from high camp on the Kautz. 100% of the remaining students on the course summitted Rainier via the Kautz early this morning. It was a great climb with fantastic weather. Nice!

7/8 6-Day Course: 100% Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Kristie Kayl checked in from their camp on the South Side of Mount Baker after a successful summit climb. 100% of students on the course made it to the summit!

7/4 10-Day Course: On to the Kautz!

Our 7/4 10-Day Course swung back through Seattle after 6 days training on Baker to rest and resupply before heading up on the Kautz tomorrow. Here are some photos from the first part of the course…

Rainier/Cascades BLOG

  • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 5/16/2024

    Happy Friday follow climbers! High pressure and fair weather dominated the PNW over the past week with temperatures in Seattle reaching 80 degrees. In the mountains warm temperatures, sunny skies, and calm winds allowed climbers all over the Cascades to take advantage of the nice weather. We had teams basking and rock climbing in the […]

  • CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 5/10/2024

    Happy Friday follow climbers! High pressure and fair weather is currently dominating the weather pattern trend in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been such a treat to see the blue skies and sunshine! Before diving into mountain conditions, it’s worth noting that the Cascade Volcanoes have accumulated several feet of snow over the past 2 weeks. […]

  • FIRST SUMMER CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT OF 2024 – 4/26/24

    Here we go! Our first Rainier Muir climbing team entered the field today marking the start of our season! Mt Rainier currently sits at around 80% of its snowpack with approximately 9′ of snow at Paradise.  April has been a mix of sunny weather and high pressure along with some stormy periods. The updated weather […]

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