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Dates: November 7-19, 2015

with Ice Axe Expeditions

contact me with questions: zeb@alpinemountainworks.com

For those with an adventure-driven spirit, this trip offers a unique opportunity to trek, ski and snowboard the White Continent’s untamed peaks.  Journey into the rugged landscape of one of earth’s last frontiers while enjoying the convenience, safety and comfort of the Clipper Adventurer expedition ship. Sail past Cape Horn, across the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula and join an exclusive group of intrepid travelers inspired by the legacy of Antarctic discovery.

Cost: Starting at $ 8,995 (depending on lodging options)

Dates: July & August 2016 – email me to set dates!

with RMI Expeditions

contact me with questions: zeb@alpinemountainworks.com

Mt. Baker’s North Ridge is my favorite route in Washington state.  It’s a thrilling route for the experienced climber.  Big glacier travel, intense exposure, two tool climbing on Alpine Ice 3, and a summit in the middle of the North Cascades makes it a must do for anyone interested in technical big mountain climbing.  Good footwork and excellent physical fitness are required, but climbers don’t need weeks of ice climbing experience (some is recommended) to manage this route.  It is a Grade III alpine route and typically requires a 12-14 hour summit day.  Many climbers compare it to Rainier’s Liberty Ridge, but at lower altitude with a longer climbable season.

Climb highlights include:

  • Ascend through old growth forest to a camp with views of the Salish Sea and southern Canada.
  • Multi-pitch snow and ice climbing up to 70° using two ice tools
  • Extended stretches of steep 40-50° snow climbing
  • Climb multiple pitches of steep alpine ice above 9,000′.
  • Low climber to guide ratio, 2:1 or 1:1 (inquire about price).
  • Take part in an RMI adventure and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.

 

Cost:
2:1 $910
1:1 inquire about cost via email

Dates: August 6-21, 2016

with RMI Expeditions

contact me with questions: zeb@alpinemountainworks.com

Peru’s Cordillera Blanca is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. The high peaks of the Cordillera offer phenomenal climbing and ideal opportunities for mountaineering training. RMI’s Peru Seminar is a comprehensive mountaineering course designed to prepare you for adventures on Denali and other major glaciated peaks. Highlights include:

  • Trek up stunning mountain valleys and establish Base Camp in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca.
  • Build a solid mountaineering foundation with ascents of multiple summits.
  • Apply the skills taught throughout the trip on a participant-led ascent of 18,143′ Ishinca.
  • Take part in an RMI adventure with Zeb Blais and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.
Cost: $4,100

Dates: May & June 2016 – email me to set dates!

with Pacific Alpine Guides

contact me with questions: zeb@alpinemountainworks.com

This program is a must for ski mountaineers.  Climb a Cascade classic and ski down it!  Mount Baker is one of the best ski mountaineering objectives in the Cascades, offering long descents up to 8,000′ vertical feet, exciting glaciated terrain, spectacular views, and quite commonly, smooth corn snow.

3 Day Program

We typically take 3 days, on either the Coleman-Deming route on the north side of the mountain, or the Squak Glacier on the south side. Our first day we approach camp, and spend some time on skills training and review: ice axe arrest, roped travel, and techniques for skiing on a glacier. On day 2 or 3 we launch for the summit (depending on weather conditions). Both routes involve crevassed terrain, and 35°+ degree turns on the Roman Wall.

Single Day Program

While no easy task, a one day ski ascent of Mt. Baker is a highly rewarding ski mountaineering objective for strong backcountry skiers. Moving fast and light with just day packs, we’ll cover up to 8,000′ vertical feet of terrain, up and down, in 10-12 hours.  Route options include the Coleman-Deming, Easton Glacier, and the Squak Glacier.  Skiing Baker in a day requires a very high level of physical fitness. If you are unsure of your abilities, we recommend our 3-day program.

Participants should be advanced skiers or riders, comfortable in a variety of snow conditions on black diamond terrain. Snowboarders should be on a splitboard touring setup and have experience using their equipment.

Cost:
 
3 Day Program
$695
1 Day Program
1:1 – $450
2:1 – $300/PERSON
3:1 – $225/PERSON
4:1 – $185/PERSON

Dates: September 2016

with RMI Expeditions

contact me with questions: zeb@alpinemountainworks.com

The volcanoes of Southern Chile’s Araucania Region are fantastic ski mountaineering objectives. Our 10-day ski mountaineering expedition attempts ski descents from the summits of several Chilean peaks: Volcán Lonquimay (9,400′ | 2,865m), Volcán Llaima (10,253′ | 3,125m), Volcán Villarica (9,341′ | 2,847m), and Volcán Lanín (12,293′ | 3,747m). Trip highlights include:

Climb and ski four Andean peaks over the course of one ski mountaineering expedition.
Combine both single and multi-day ascents during the expedition, staying in comfortable chilean lodges between objectives.
Build your ski mountaineering experience with instruction and practice on fun and challenging terrain.
Experience the beautiful landscapes and welcoming culture of Southern Chile.
Climb and ski with an experienced RMI Ski Mountaineering Guide, benefiting from their background, training, and expertise and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.

Cost: $3,200