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May 24 Muir Climb: on the launchpad

We have arrived at high camp safely and are settling in at Ingraham Flats. This morning we woke at Muir to a stellar view. The morning was spent learning skills to climb the mountain: footwork, ice axe and crampons, and rope travel. Weather couldn’t be better. We’re having an early dinner and then to bed […]

Set the oven to 3 Days on Rainier and bake all day

That’s right… we are baking up here. Beautiful weather and no wind, but it is hot!!

May 16 3-Day Muir Climb

AAI Lead Guide Devin Bishop just checked in from High Camp. The team had a delicious dinner and have turned in early in preparation for an alpine start tomorrow morning at around 1:30AM. Good luck team!

May 13 6-Day Course

AAI Lead Guide Kristie Kayl just checked in after a successful day of crevasse rescue training. Everyone on the course is doing great and picking up skills well. The once beautiful views have been replaced by something more reminiscent of the inside of…

May 16 3-Day Muir

Our May 16-18 climb enjoyed a beautiful sunset from Camp Muir last night. Everyone is doing well and getting excited to rope up and head to the upper mountain!

May 13 6-Day Course: Summit Success!

AAI Lead Guide Kristie Kayl just checked in from camp after a successful summit attempt of Mount Baker. The students were able to put all their new knowledge to the ultimate test. Everyone did great and it was a picture perfect day for a climb. Congrats! Advertisements

May 16 3-Day Muir

AAI Guide Devin Bishop just checked in from the Muir Snowfield on route to Camp Muir (10,188’). As you can see, it’s a beautiful day to be climbing! The team is feeling strong and moving well. Stay tuned for more updates and photos tomorrow! Advertisements

May 10 3-Day Climb: Foiled by High Winds

AAI Lead Guide Devin Bishop just checked in from High Camp. Due to high winds, the team turned around at 12,500’. Everyone is safe and in good spirits. They will be descending to Muir shortly.

Everest 2018 – Basecamp to Camp 1

Hello Everyone, We left Basecamp at 3:15am for our first rotation and first night at camp 1. Everyone did a great job getting up here today with what is a tough climb the first time through the icefall. We had a couple different groups with guides arriving between 6-8 hours which is pretty normal on … Continue reading “Basecamp to Camp 1”

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ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • 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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    KNOTS AND HITCHES: THE WATER KNOT

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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