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Strategic shoveling

By Jason Martin Avalanches are terrifying. Like many backcountry travelers, I’ve had a few close calls, but others have been through something far worse. They’ve been...

Winter 2016 photo gallery

                     

Tragedy Revealed

A backpack uncovered from the ice of the Coleman glacier sheds light on a deadly 1986 avalanche.

A snowbridge too far

The Watson Traverse is a classic backcountry adventure over the summit of Mt. Baker, with a harrowing quandry on the far side: to send, or not to send, the Park Headwall and its tenuous bergschrund?

Alpine Training

Climbing big mountains requires a unique blend of physical attributes: the endurance of a marathon runner, the strength of a weightlifter and the precision and balance of a gymnast.

Third time’s a charm

It took two failures and a route change, but the summit of Mt. Shuksan was well-worth it.

From Bali to Baker

From Bali to Baker, by Pat Grubb. Two years ago, I had the good fortune to spend nearly a month in Bali. The Balinese are a deeply spiritual people whose religion is a syncretism of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism. They believe the sea is the source of many evil spirits and...

Cold & Bold

Jake Merrill, Dustin Byrne and Peter Sundberg set out to traverse the Twin Sisters range in winter - a feat that, according to record, hadn't been done before.

Total Commitment

John Minier, Jenni Minier and Matt Primomo complete the committing Isolation Traverse, skiing and climbing from Cascade River Road to Highway 20.

American Alpine Institute founder Dunham Gooding

The American Alpine Institute (AAI) has grown from its beginnings in 1975 as a small outfit offering guided mountaineering trips and climbing instruction to an operation with worldwide reach. Where in the world do you want to climb? AAI can take you there...