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Behind the Scenes: Designing the First Ascent Airstream for the Ultimate Road Trip
Posted on March 19, 2010

First Ascent’s guide-built philosophy means that each of our products must be tested in the most extreme outdoor conditions. For the upcoming First Ascent ski collection, we knew that meant we needed to get our ski guides, Reggie and Zach Crist, out on the road to chase down this season’s biggest storms.

Historic Inca Highway Rounds Out Trip for Arnot and Dossett
Posted on March 19, 2010

By Melissa Arnot I have become very interested in the Ecuadorian history of the Inca Highway recently. As we board a short flight south to Cuenca, I know that I will learn so much about it in the next few days.

Cotopaxi: Summit Day for Arnot and Dossett
Posted on March 18, 2010

By Melissa Arnot The alarm beeping alerted me that it was now midnight—time to get up and start the hot water. I wake up Jeff (though he assures me he never really slept). As I peek outside, I can see the city of Quito far below us as well as the infinite universe above us

Live TweetChat with Melissa Arnot this Friday!
Posted on March 17, 2010

Have questions for First Ascent guide Melissa Arnot about her recent trip to Cotopaxi in Ecuador, her climb up Kilimanjaro with Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Kenna or her next trip to Everest?

Arnot and Crew Arrive at Cotopaxi to Acclimatize
Posted on March 17, 2010

By Melissa Arnot A few hours of driving land us directly at the base of Cotopaxi, in a beautiful and traditional hacienda. Today we will spend the morning packing and hydrating (and of course adjusting to the new altitude).

Rough Road to Acclimatization for Arnot and Client Dossett
Posted on March 16, 2010

By Melissa Arnot The sun is shining today, which is a great way to start out the climbing portion of our trip! Unfortunately, it has been extremely wet for the past few weeks and as we approach (via jeep) our first hiking location, the wet roads show us that they have other ideas.

First Ascent Ski Team Hits Steamboat; Last Stop in Lower 48
Posted on March 15, 2010

The Crist brothers, along with Lynsey Dyer, hit up Steamboat earlier this month to test the new First Ascent ski gear in powder, bumps and corduroy.