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Machu Picchu Peru Trek Begins

Hello friends and family, This is Victor checking in from Cusco, Peru with the Sacred Valley Trek to Machu Picchu. Our group of guests assembled at our lovely hotel today for a briefing with our local guide Silver Ballon, followed … Continue reading

9/25 3-Day Muir Summits!

The team summits Rainier in sunny weather. We had a great climb up to Columbia Crest yesterday, although the winds were quite high on the summit, the weather was warm making it a memorable experience for all.

Mont Blanc #5 summits!

Congratulations to Joe Stock and team for there recent ascent on Mont Blanc. They reached the summit yesterday morning and are working there way back to town. We will have more pictures and updates shortly. Nice job! Jonathon Jonathon Spitzer … Continue reading

8/24 9-Day complete!

Here’s a photo of almost the entire 8/24 9-Day course standing on the summit of Mt Rainier this morning as we wrapped up a successful climb! Thanks for following our cybercast! Paul Koubek

inReach message from Paul Koubek

Weather looks good for tonight’s summit bid, and we are resting and getting ready. The team is well. Paul Koubek View the location or send a reply to Paul Koubek: Paul Koubek sent this message from: Lat 46.845231 Lon -121.734395 Do not reply directly to this message. This message was sent to you using […]

8/24 9-Day moves to Camp Muir

The 8/24 9-Day course left Seattle, drove to Paradise and hiked up to Camp Muir today. All was executed in excellent style and it took the group 4.75 hours to hike the 4,300’ from Paradise to Muir – a good time, not too slow. Bodes well for our summit bid… Stay tuned and keep following […]

Team summits Gran Paradiso

Hello, Our Mont Blanc Team #5 summited the Gran Paradiso is beautiful alpine conditions. They are back at the Chabod hut and enjoying some hot food and relaxing. The team will be traveling back to Chamonix tomorrow and preparing for … Continue reading

8/24 9-Day Course: Transition Day

The 8/24 9-Day Course is taking today to transition from Mt Baker to Mt Rainier. I’ll take advantage of better cellular connectivity to post a couple of photos of the team: one of the entire crew on the summit of My Baker (success!) and the other of the team descending safely from the summit… Paul […]

8/24 9-Day course works on skills as weather improves

Today the 8/24 9-Day Mountaineering Skills Course on Mt Baker and Mt Rainier awoke to beautiful weather and packed the day full of mountaineerings skills practice, working on: snow anchors, crevasse rescue, pulley systems, rope team travel and running protection. Additionally, the team travelled on the Easton Glacier in preparation for tomorrow’s summit bid. The […]

8/24 9-Day course rides out the rain

The Washington mountains received some much needed rain today and the 8/24 9-Day course did the only sensible thing – we rode out the day in our tents. Climbers worked on knot skills and stayed hydrated and warm with hot drinks. It is now the end of the day and the rain has stopped and […]


  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

  • Guide Spotlight: Dawa Yangzum Sherpa

    While Alpine Ascents is fortunate to work with dozens of world-class guides and climbers, we are especially grateful to work with Dawa Yangzum Sherpa. Hailing from Nepal’s Rolwaling Himal, Dawa’s resume includes numerous 8000m ascents (Everest, Cho Oyu, K2), successful entries in high-altitude ultra-marathons, time spent as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, and instructorship […]

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