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June 6, 2017

A Window into the Alpine Climbing Course

What a whirlwind these last eight days have been! From clear skies and perfect sunsets to high winds and post holing through snow, Jennifer, Alex and Guide Niels Meyer saw it all during their Alpine Climbing Course. It even rained for a brief spell, just to remind them they were in the Cascades. Progressing from rock climbing to alpine rock climbing, and then to glaciated travel on one of the North Cascades' most beautiful peaks, the Alpine Climbing Course provides an introduction to many forms of mountain travel.

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June 13, 2016

"I think you got this."

“I think you got this.”

Madness guide Niels Meyer and Armando are standing at the base of the Roman Wall in a complete whiteout with the wind howling and temperatures dropping. Just half an hour earlier Armando, Adrian, Jeff, and Niels had been climbing up Baker’s Easton Glacier with partly cloudy skies and mild temps. 

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August 21, 2013

The Isolation that is Glacier Peak

For years guiding in the cascades, people always ask, “What’s that big peak out there?”  Generally without even looking I know they are asking about Glacier Peak, the most remote of the Cascade Volcanoes. [+] READ MORE

August 14, 2013

Mount Baker Climb with Kids

“Daaaad, I’m tired; Daaaad, how much longer; Daaaad, what happens if I fall…” I knew tying my 12-year-old daughter Grace second in line on the rope I led would make me vulnerable to such fretting, versus putting her at the end of the rope where she would likely just put her head down and stoically make each step of many on the way to the summit of Mount Baker. [+] READ MORE

June 12, 2012

13-Day Alpine Climbing Course Gets Great Lessons with Difficult Weather

A lot can happen in a 13-day Alpine Leadership Course and it usually does. This particular course found a variety of challenges, specifically conditions and weather. [+] READ MORE