Washington has traditionally been a stronghold for climbing in North America, and the sheer diversity of climbing here is its trademark. Mt. Rainier is the fifth highest peak (guarded by the most glaciers) in the lower 48, and the steep granite walls at Index offer some of the finest cracks in the country. The real prize, though, is the outstanding alpine climbing that has been the training ground for some of the finest alpinists in the word. Come up to the PNW and see for yourself!
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Adi Azulay is a Seattle transplant via Rhode Island, New York and Israel. Growing up, he went backpacking with his family in Norway, where his uncle owns a cabin. But, it was not until his mid-20’s that he discovered mountains for himself. During a summer internship in Seattle he got his first taste of the Cascades while hike up to Lake Serene, and that was enough to convince him to pack up the car and move to the Pacific Northwest. Adi spends his time in the mountains climbing, skiing, trail running, and backpacking. By day he is a design technologist working on STEM education projects and also teaches an occasional class at the UW.
Andrew Puhl has been enamored with mountains since his earliest childhood memories. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, his climbing career started with a Chestnut tree in front of his grandparents house and quickly escalated to the New River Gorge and Seneca Rocks. Since landing in Seattle, the alpine environment of the Cascades taught him what type two fun really means, why skin tracks are better than chairlifts and that dawn patrol is an acceptable out of office message. Andrew also enjoys spreading the stoke of skiing and snowboarding to the masses, pouring beer at AAC events and advocating for good design to be apart of all aspects of our lives.