About the AAI Shop & Staff
Located in Bellingham Washington, The Equipment Shop at the American Alpine Institute has been fulfilling the specialty gear needs of climbers, skiers, and hikers locally and around the world for more than 25 years. At The Equipment Shop we are dedicated to carrying only the best outdoor clothing and equipment for all types of backcountry activities. Many of the products carried by the Equipment Shop go through extensive field-testing by AAI guides, and only items that meet our expectations are carried in our shop and recommended to clients who are participating in our courses. With this process you can be assured that you are getting the best recommendations for the highest quality, top-of-the-line gear for your next big outdoor adventure.
Equipment Shop Staff
Richard Riquelme: Equipment Services Manager and Guide
Richard has been guiding and working in the AAI Shop since 2005. His primary job is to ensure that all the equipment needs of the AAI climbing programs and guide services activities are met in 6 states and 16 countries. He also enjoys advising climbers on their selection of personal equipment for domestic and foreign programs. Richard's climbing and skiing has taken him throughout Chile, Peru, and Argentina as well as to the US, Canada, and Europe. He has extensive experience in search and rescue operations. He has been guiding professionally since 1993 and for AAI since 2006. He is proficient in German and a native speaker of Spanish. AIARE Level 1 & 2 Avalanche Lead Instructor, AMGA SPI Certified, and Leave No Trace Master Educator. His academic training is in metallurgical engineering.
Tom Anastasio: Equipment Specialist
Christian Schraegle: Equipment Specialist
Bryan Jones: Equipment Specialist