About AlpInsider

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Who are the people behind AlpInsider?

AlpInsider was created by a group of experienced mountain athletes, including skiers, mountaineers, and climbers, who wanted to help aspiring alpinists get into the mountains. We have dozens of years’ experience on snow, rock, and ice and comprise genuine field experts, such as skiing instructors and mountain guides.

Why do we do this?

Part of the thrill of spending time in the mountains comes from sharing that experience with others. AlpInsider is our way of giving back to the mountain sports community. Through our experience as professional mountain guides and skiing instructors etc., we've learned a thing or two about what it takes to pull off successful trips into the alpine and we’re excited to share the lessons we've learned with you. Like all proud mountain athletes, we’re also gearheads. So you can also rely on us to deliver honest, straight-to-the-point reviews about the gear you need to move safely and swiftly through the mountains.

The AlpInsider team

With decades of experience in the mountains, our writers comprise mountain guides, ski instructors, veteran climbers and more.

Raised in the Rocky Mtns., skiing, fishing, hunting, and backpacking are just a few of Travis’ passions.

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Living and working in the Grand Canyon, Emmi has decades of experience organising and leading hikes around the world.

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Sylvia fell in love with snowboarding in her teens. She has since spent every season on the slopes and now works as a snowboard instructor.

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I’m happiest on long backpacking trips into little-known pockets of wilderness, skiing down backcountry mountains, and on all-fours, scrambling the rocky spines of alpine ridges. When I'm not adventuring in the outdoors, I'm most likely writing about them.

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With 20 years of experience in Bend, Oregon, Becca is an expert in outdoor activities like hiking, trail running, skiing, and snowboarding.

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I consider myself a citizen of the West. Currently residing in my hometown, Salt Lake City, Utah. Between my career as a wildlife biologist and my many outdoor hobbies (mountaineering, skiing, backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, caving), I’ve seen just about every nook and cranny of the Wild, Weird West.

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I live in Bellingham, Washington, at the base of the wild North Cascades. Over the last ten years, I've explored much of the region's steep terrain and endless layers of ridges and peaks, both on foot and on skis, often linking far-flung ridges together to push deeper into the range.

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Over the last decade and a half, I’ve been busy learning and honing the skills I need to survive in the mountains. I completed a mountaineering course from one of India’s best institutes and got certified as a WFR.

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The AlpInsider mission

We know how daunting it can be for newcomers to break into mountain sports. The alpine environment is unpredictable and unforgiving, there’s tons of conflicting advice about the best way to approach the mountains, and the list of gear you need to get started seems endless. With AlpInsider, we hope to simplify the process of moving through the mountains and help a new generation of mountaineers, climbers, skiers and snowboarders explore the world above treeline.