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Climbing around France/Italy boarder

Hello from the Tornio Hut! The past couple days have been stormy and wet in the Alps. With the inclement weather teams had rest/down days in Chamonix. Clear skies and sunny weather resumed to the Alps today. Teams all over … Continue reading

Red on Arrival Chills Out

Comrades, Family & Loved Ones, Today was a day of relaxation, recuperation and alot of eating. After a delicious multi-course breakfast cooked by our hosts, the two Angelas, some of us went for a trail ride up the Terskol Valley … Continue reading

Team Rose Bowl takes on Machu Picchu!

Today our team had the pleasure of visiting one of the 7 new wonders of the new world, Machu Picchu, a historic Inca site that has captured the imagination and hearts of millions ever since Hiram Bingham’s famous expedition with … Continue reading

Team Rose Bowl completes the trek to Machu Picchu!

Yesterday was a big day for team Rose Bowl! After 6 days of trekking through the Andes we left the Lucma Lodge and headed towards Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu. After another delicious breakfast at the lodge … Continue reading

Red on arrival celebration!

Friends, family and loved ones, We took one last look at Elbrus this morning and dropped down to the valley below to feast on Shashleak and beer. What a fabulous climb we had in very inclement conditions. Whiteout, wind snow … Continue reading

Trekking in Peru From Collpa lodge to Lucma Lodge!

Today team Rose Bowl moved from Collpa (9,400) lodge down further through the cloud forest to the Lucma Lodge(7,300) getting closer to our end goal, Machu Picchu. It rained all through the night and so we were all happy to … Continue reading

Mt. Elbrus – Team Red on Arrival Summits!

Comrades, Family & Loved Ones, We’re back safely from the summit after a very challenging weather day. Epic, really, but we did it all in only 15 hours round trip. What a strong Team! They did a truly amazing job- … Continue reading

Yak Trek #4 Finishes With Sun!

Hey everyone! Thursday and Friday turned out to be great sunny days for us. We ended up flying out on Friday to avoid getting stuck in the mountains since another big storm system is moving through the region this weekend. … Continue reading

Peru Trekking Into the cloud forest

Our team trekked down 3,000 ft in elevation through the cloud forest today, where we saw orchids, hummingbirds and other flowers endemic to these high alpine forests. On our way out of our last lodge we walked under the increbly … Continue reading

Aug 11th update from the Alps!

Bonjour from Chamonix, France We currently have several programs in the field. The weather has been amazing with continued hot and sunny days. Our Eiger program just finished climbing the Dent d’Geant this morning. They are back in Chamonix and … Continue reading


  • 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 […]

  • What should I bring on Mount Rainier?

    We are often asked what gear is necessary to climb Mount Rainier. If you’re curious to know what we use, check out this video, in which our Operations Manager Matt Miller talks through our entire gear list. Climb on!

  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

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