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Expedition Rewind: An epic season in Haines, America
Posted on November 6, 2014

Reggie Crist and Chris Coulter’s dramatic 2011 first descent of Bell Ringer highlights an epic spring season for the FA team in Haines, Alaska.

Guide Built: Five Years of First Ascent
Posted on November 3, 2014

Every major outdoor brand sponsors a roster of pro athletes, but First Ascent took a different approach when we returned to building technical outerwear. Rather than ship existing product for validating feedback, our guide built process integrated mountain professionals into every stage of the product design cycle. The crux of what makes their intense input […]

The First Ascent Ski Team Checks in with a Midseason Report
Posted on February 9, 2011

Last year, First Ascent ski guides Reggie and Zach Crist, along with Lel Tone, Tom Wayes, Lynsey Dyer, Kent McBride, Erik Leidecker, and Lexi duPont covered lots of ground and shredded tons of powder from Tahoe to Alaska.

Stoke-o-meter Extremely High as First Ascent Ski Guides Wrap Up Season
Posted on May 26, 2010

It was quite a year for First Ascent ski guides Reggie and Zach Crist, Lel Tone, Tom Wayes, Erik Leidecker and Kent McBride, as they set out to design the 2010 ski collection.

First Ascent Guide Tom Wayes Gets His Ultimate Day in Haines, AK
Posted on May 2, 2010

By Tom Wayes Throughout my guiding career, I have been on a quest for the ultimate day—whether it’s with friends on a personal trip or with clients. As a guide, you are trying to balance taking people where you want to go and where they should go

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First Ascent Hits Tahoe Backcountry
Posted on January 27, 2010

When coastal storms hit the Sierras, it’s time to go “billy goating” for powder, skiing all the steep granite faces that usually don’t hold snow. This past week Tahoe was hit with an epic 6-day storm unloading 5-plus feet of fresh snow.