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How a Pregnant Climber Summited Mt. Rainier

Mountaineering while pregnant isn’t most people’s idea of fun, my circle of friends is different.  Several pregnant friends have recently asked me if it’s ok to hike at altitude or climb while pregnant, my wife Sirima and I get asked this because friends have heard about our mountaineering experience climbing Mt. Rainer when she was 12 weeks pregnant.  My first comment is I’m a guy, climber, and survival expert, but that doesn't make me an expert on pregnancies at altitude…

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Added by Ali Alami on December 23, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Using Wild Berries to Get through a Survival Situation

Most modern day wilderness survival situations tend to be less than 48 hrs.  In these cases berries and bugs tend to be your best source of food for sustaining your energy level and moral to buy time and get rescued.  They’re easy to gather, don’t need other equipment, and fairly abundant when spotted.  When leveraging berries as a food source keep in mind this simple berry rule which is easy to remember.…

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Added by Ali Alami on December 2, 2013 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Build A DIY Rock Climbing Wall For Under $200



A home rock climbing wall is a great way to focus on your strength training and climbing skills.  A few years ago we built a new shed and we had the idea of building a climbing wall on 2 sides in lieu of siding.   We were on a budget and wanted to keep it under a $200.  We also wanted a wall that we could use, find challenging, and our 1 year old would find challenging as he…

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Added by Sirima Svastisalee on October 15, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Favorite Apps for Training and Outdoor Fitness

People often ask me what tools I like to use when training, hiking, and climbing.  I love how technology has made it easier to get and stay fit.  Here are my top 5 favorite apps. 

Note: I have an iPhone now but most are available on Android and other devices.  Also don’t forget this earlier post on The Best Outdoor Apps.

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Added by Ali Alami on January 24, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How to Successfully Summit Kilimanjaro and Get Back Safe

Kilimanjaro 19,341' (5,895 m), the highest mountain in Africa was one of my favorite trekking experiences and a mountain that people ask me about often when it comes to training and preparation. That’s why I’ve decided to write down some tips specific to a successful Kili summit and safe return.  I’m not going to get into too much of route descriptions, standard equipment, etc… but try and keep it to unique recommendations for Kili.

Although Kilimanjaro is not a particularly difficult…

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Added by Ali Alami on January 23, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

My Kilimanjaro experience

In 2012 December, I attempted to climb Kilimanjaro with my two daughters and the blog is about the overall experience.

The Plan

The idea for climbing Kilimanjaro came in after figuring out where to visit during the winter of 2012.  Since we had not visited "real" Africa (visited Morocco and Egypt),…
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Added by Gunny on January 22, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

What equiptment you should pack for snowshoeing (daytrip)

Essentials to pack for Snowshoeing





Snowshoeing is becoming more and more popular, not only is it fun but it’s a great way to get in shape or stay in shape during the winter. I find that snowshoeing for 5 miles is as good a workout for me as hiking 10. I’ve come across many people snowshoeing on the trail who are hours from the trailhead with no backpack and minimal gear. I think they’re taking an unnecessary risk. Mother Nature is much less forgiving in the winter…

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Added by Ali Alami on January 17, 2013 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

Thanks, Fitclimb ... and cousin Dan

I summited Mt. Rainier Saturday morning, August 4th (2012) in perfect weather (zero wind, even!).  I want to thank Fitclimb, particularly Grant Story and his 12 week Mt Rainier Training Plan, for playing a key role in making this dream come true.

In late April I learned I would have the opportunity to climb Rainier three months later, guided by a cousin who was a Rainier (RMI) guide in the 80's.  I went online, found Grant's 12-week plan, and followed it ... rigorously for the most…

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Added by baker.stocking on August 9, 2012 at 12:04am — 4 Comments

Journey to the top of Rainier - My Ramblings

My interest in climbing Mount Rainier took strong hold after the hike to the Camp Muir with Ali in 2010 and I had been looking into the schedule of the Rainier climbing companies but couldn't make a decision.  While I put the idea of climbing in the back burner and concentrated on other outdoor activities, I got the email from the Asha bicycle email group in January 2012 about a meeting to discuss about the Rainier climb.  I wanted to checkout the opportunity to climb Rainier with the…

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Added by Gunny on August 1, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Mt. kamet

hello every one, this is soni from India.
I am a mountaineer and goning for an expedition this month.
its for Mt. Kamet (7756m) 40 days long in Gharwal Himalayan, uttrakhand India

Added by soni shah on May 2, 2012 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Brand New to Site

I just sold my tree climbing business this month after climbing since 1989 I'm ready.  Done Climbing trees for a living just beginning the next adventure in my life.  I'm a musician and a massive outdoors man.  Hope to hear from you guys soon! Johnny G.  Can anybody relate out here?  I will be adding much more just signed up tonight.

I want to base jump I have to.  Plans to go to New Zealand.  Not many have experienced it but I have to.  I have to.  Adrenaline rush will…

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Added by John Franklin Griffin on April 26, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Ali Alami on January 14, 2012 at 7:02am — No Comments

Alaska Expedition 2011

Here are a series of Blog post from Mark Allen's and my trip to the Central Alaska Range this Spring, it was an amazing trip defined by adventure, strong friendship and wild climbing. Enjoy!









Dispatch one - Lacuna Glacier

We wanted to give you a call real quick and give you our one week update on our expedition 2011 on the Kahiltna Glacier. First of all when we first got here we dug in our camp at the Kahiltna landing strip and immediately set out on a six day… Continue

Added by Graham Zimmerman on June 9, 2011 at 9:22am — No Comments

Avalanche Safety App

90% of avalanches affecting people are triggered by people. For anyone active in the snow, whether snowboarding, skiing, mountain climbing, snowmobiling or hiking, FitClimb Avalanche Safety Evaluator is essential to help you evaluate risks and avoid danger.



FitClimb Avalanche Safety Evaluator converts your Android mobile device into a Clinometer (slope meter) so you can accurately gauge the angle of a slope. It also helps you determine avalanche risk level and includes vital tips…

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Added by Ali Alami on April 11, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Top Outdoor Smartphone Apps

Forrester research recently released  results of a study that showed  17% of US adults used smart phones in 2010 and numbers expected to increase by double digits in the coming years.  Iphone and Android, the most popular devices each have hundreds of apps that can be useful to those venturing outdoors, especially hikers and backpackers.  I’m a big fan of good apps for the outdoors and wilderness.  A good outdoor app allows me to save on weight and combine functions in a multi use tool. …

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Added by Ali Alami on April 4, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Cornice hazards in Mountaineering

In mountaineering a cornice is an overhanging ledge of snow on the edge of a ridge, cliff, or crest of a mountain. Cornices form by wind blowing snow over the leeward edge in successive layers. They can be very dangerous from traveling above and below them. A person or skier putting weight on top of a cornice can cause it to break off and collapse and causing a major…

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Added by Ali Alami on February 19, 2011 at 6:59am — No Comments

New Avalanche Danger Scale

 

For 2011 there’s a new Avalanche Danger scale put out by the USDA Forest Service National Avalanche Center and Parks Canada.  The new scale reduces some of the uncertainty of the preceding scale, provides more authoritative avalanche safety advice for backcountry travelers, skiers, climbers, and snowmobilers.  The new scale incorporates risk by referring to typical avalanche sizes expected, and utilizes icons recently adopted by European countries.

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Added by Sirima Svastisalee on January 21, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Fitness for hillwalkers and Mountaineers

Today was a quiet day at work so a few interesting chats cropped up. My friend Derek mentioned our climb up Ben Ledi and how hard he found it. Derek had gotten a stitch or cramp almost as soon as we had left the car park and Raymond the most experienced hillwalker of us was beginning to feel the strain about halfway before we reached any serious scrambling up or over rock. I do not consider myself fit. As maybe seen in some photos, I have a bit of a belly due to excessive beer intake but I…

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Added by Alan Wright on January 12, 2011 at 8:25pm — 1 Comment

Climbing in the Olympic Mountains in january

A friend and I climbed the Brothers in the Olympic Mountains this July and we wanted to do the same thing this January. Neither of us have much experience with winter mountaineering and I was wondering if anyone had climbed the Brothers (or any mountains in the Olympics) during the winter. If the Brothers isn't feasible is there another awesome climb we could do during the winter in western Washington?

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Added by Grant Rico on December 1, 2010 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

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